The project involved the renovation of an existing seafront shelter on the Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland. The erection of a steel podium created additional retail space over the existing shelter as well as the construction of two new bin stores, fit-out of the RNLI office, installation of a ‘Changing Places’ approved changing facility and completion of the external works.
The initial scope of works was to provide ‘shell only’ for future fit-out, however, as the project developed Meldrum became involved with partial fit-out on behalf of the end user – Fat Buddha.
As the project was constructed under a Design and Build contract, Meldrum were heavily involved in all design development and strategic alterations to assist with futureproofing the development.
The design incorporated:
- New restaurant ‘shell’ for fit-out by Fat Buddha
- Ground floor restaurant/café unit
- New central stair access to promenade
- New RNLI offices
- ‘Changing Places’ changing facility to be maintained by Sunderland City Council
- New bin stores and plant rooms
- Warm and cold cellars to the promenade
- Hard landscaping and timber decking to externals
The external façade was constructed in structural steel, light gauge steel infill panels, and finished with render or curtain walling. It was imperative that location was considered due to the close proximity of the sea – this resulted in all steelwork being galvanised for additional protection and a special window fixing being adopted to offer additional protection from the marine environment.