Gillespie Yunnie Architects were invited by Urban Splash to look at alternative solutions for this site in Watchet as part of a limited design competition. Nestled against the headland to the east of the harbour, East Wharf occupies a dominant site visible from the town, esplanade and steam railway.

This strategy divides the development into a series of smaller buildings perpendicular to the wharf. This will minimise their impact upon the marina while allowing views through the site. The east / west alignment will ensure all 69 apartments benefit from sunlight and oblique views of the marina and Bristol Channel. Spaces between the buildings will provide sunny courtyard spaces for resident’s use. The buildings have been designed to resemble ‘clusters’ of smaller structures distributed over a podium providing an active street frontage to the wharf and 1700sqm of commercial space. The ‘chunky’ vertical timber cladding and broken form the buildings have been proposed to echo the original timber breakwater and packing crates which would have been stacked along the bustling wharfside during the town’s heyday.