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