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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
In pictures: Piers of the future

A flock of birds wheel over Brighton's derelict West Pier

The 21st Century Piers competition seeks to revolutionise the seaside icons. Here regeneration body BURA's head Jon Ladd comments on some of the short-listed design entries.

Entry from Humberts Leisure, Hemsley Orrell Partnership & Morgan Carn Partnership led by John Maclean

"A strong environmental entry, whose design embraced the subtle waves and contours of a sea front location."

Entry from atomikarchitecture with XCO2 led by Mike Oades

"This design embraces the concept of the coast. It highlights the value of space; how it can be used to address many needs in an environmentally-sensitive and provocative way."

Entry from Brian McArthur

"This design balances a futuristic vision with traditional forms and breaks away from the typical linear structure to create a destination to live, work and play."

Entry from Xu Sheng, of Kingston University

"This design recognises the value of fishing both as an integral part of the heritage of coastal towns and one of the most popular recreational pastimes."

Entry from Daniel Taylor

"This concept demonstrates the value of high quality open space. It exemplifies how the power to deliver a sustainable community lies within the community itself."

Entry from Ian Hughes

"Here the entrant has accentuated the use of a pier across a spectrum of sustainable community issues including economic, employment, cultural, educational and health agendas."

Entry from Raymond Cowling

"A futuristic looking entry which would provide a wonderful iconic public space for tourists and commercial operators." Winners will be announced on 20 September in Rhyl.

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