The Project

The Lifting Wave, Resting Wave, Lighting Wave project was the winning design by Tonkin Liu Architects in a competition organised by the Landscape Institute & Winner of the 2011 RIBA South East Region National Architecture Award

Our works consisted of the removal and refurbishment of the existing sea front and construction of the new sea wall, foundations, hard landscaping, drainage, beach re-modelling and surfacing.

The Resting Wave, which includes a series of weathered oak benches designed to resemble driftwood, features a sculptured retaining wall running the entire length of the esplanade. The Lifting Wave part of the project, a repeated form of sculptural ramps and staircases made of pre-cast white concrete rise and fall to connect the esplanade to the shingle beach.

  • Main contractor: Ringway Highways
  • Client: Kent County Council, Dover Harbour Board and English Heritage
  • Type of work: Civil Engineering
  • Contract value: £500,000
  • Schedule: March 2010 – June 2010

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