Abbey Sands scheme re-animates Torquay’s waterfront

Abbey Sands scheme re-animates Torquay’s waterfront with new mixed-use development.

Kay Elliott Architects have completed Abbey Sands, a new 4500m2 luxury mixed use development on the English Riviera for developer Havard Estates. The six-storey scheme is situated on a prominent waterfront location in central Torquay with views across the bay towards Berry Head.

Built on the site of the former Palm Court Hotel, the new scheme was inspired by the original historic crescent building, and takes advantage of the elegant sweep of the bay at Torre Abbey Sands. The design is influenced by the art-deco style of the British seaside, and presents a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Riviera style.’ With curving balconies and fine balustrade detailing, the design references the art-deco aesthetic of the ocean liner.

On the ground floor the vibrant restaurant frontages sit within a newly landscaped promenade featuring pebble seating areas and granite paving.

All floors will accommodate modern, 2 bedroom single aspect and 3 bedroom dual-aspect open market residential units. On the top floor are two large luxury penthouses with breath-taking views over the bay.

Tanya Griffiths, Director at Kay Elliott said:

“Abbey Sands is a true celebration of Riviera style. A lot of effort was put into designing a building that captures the Riviera spirit updated for the 21st century. Tourism is the Torquay’s main industry and we were determined to design a stunning new landmark that would revitalise the waterfront and which is attractive to younger and older residents and visitors.”

The interiors, which were also designed by Kay Elliott, feature the very best in contemporary interior design. State of the art design and high quality finishes throughout create a stylish and relaxing environment for a full time residence or holiday retreat.

A feature of the building is the incorporation of triangular coloured glass privacy screens on the balconies. These are graduated between green and blue and light to dark these punctuate the long lines of the balcony parapets and let light through the fin walls at the edge. They are a nod to the ‘jazz moderne‘ offering some syncopation of the elevation.

Occupying a very constrained and steep cliff site Kay Elliott have optimised the available space incorporating two levels of parking at the rear with prestigious entrances at beach-front level. The entrances feature Ross Lovegrove lighting and a cool calm interior.

Kay Elliott, for Havard Estates have regenerated this stretch of waterfront in central Torquay with a mixed-use development that responds to the area’s new Tourist Strategy. The sensitive scheme honours the history of the place by revisiting the idiom of British seaside architecture. With its great location, imaginative design, and superior interior finishes, Abbey Sands is the English Riviera’s most desirable address.

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