Sun, sea, sand & enthusiasm.
The perfect ingredients for an afternoon of friendly rivalry on Frinton Beach.
Tasked with designing a landmark for Frinton – the 9 teams taking part in our annual Sandcastle Competition excelled themselves! The rules decree that the finished sandcastle must be unsupported and can only feature items found on the beach that day – initiating lots of seaweed and shell collecting!
Last year’s winners – Rose Builders, created a new theatrical landmark for the town. A tiered coastal amphitheatre to rival Cornwall’s famous Minack.
Birkett Long Solicitors looked to Mexico for their inspiration and built a Mayan style pyramid – complete with 4 mini pyramids (for the children!).
Connections to the outside world also featured strongly. DCP built the Frinton to Ostende Bridge Tunnel (Chesapeake Bay, eat your heart out!).
And, inspired by the famed Frinton Station gates, the team from Holmes & Hills crafted a steam engine, complete with carriages while Fisher Jones Greenwood created a precision rendition of the gates themselves.
Team Purcell envisaged a magnificent helter-skelter which, when viewed from the correct angle, didn’t look at all like the Sydney Opera House! (And Craig Woods, thank you for bringing the drone – great photos as always.)
While the lovely ladies from Harp Interiors carved out a stylish art deco inspired lighthouse from the sand.
And, hats off to first timers Hoopers, who started with Plan A, worked through Plan B and completed Plan C – an abstract ‘sustainable structure’! We loved watching it evolve!
The winning design came from Nicholas Jacobs Architects, ably assisted by two team members from Ellisons; the outstanding and upstanding, Frinton Observation Tower, an unsupported triumph of physics and engineering!
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Frinton, Councillor Fiona Robertson and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann Oxley, who took on the onerous task of judging the sandcastles and presented the DCP Sandcastle Competition Trophy.
It was, if we say so ourselves, a fabulous afternoon, finished off with fish and chips on the beach.
A big thank-you to all the teams for taking part and making it such fun – we couldn’t do it without you.