An arrivals car park, café and events space provide a new visitor arrival ‘hub” as part of a wider village and harbour traffic management strategy for Bawdsey Village
This new ‘arrivals landscape’ will introduce visitors to the village of Bawdsey and its harbour, providing a much needed arrivals/parking area that takes visitor traffic out of the village centre. The new landscape provides orientation from the moment of arrival and will minimise confusion by helping visitors to understand Bawdsey’s geography and local identity. It will also be a setting for community events, outdoor theatre, education and interpretation.
The site is on the edge of the Bawdsey village, at the mouth of the Debden River in the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB. It is exceptionally sensitive from both visual and ecological perspectives. The catalyst for this work is a new £400K café building by Modece Architects. Sheils Flynn led the early design studies, which helped the parish council to visualise the design opportunities for the site and to consider cost plan and funding issues. This preliminary feasibility work has provided a crucially important framework for constructive dialogue between Bawdsey Parish Council and key consultees, including the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership & planning officers at Suffolk Coastal District Council.