A futuristic plywood bandstand is making waves at the coastal resort of Bexhill-on-Sea and has been shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional award.

Designed by London architect Niall McLaughlin and engineered on software more akin to modelling aircraft undercarriages, the small £60,000 bandstand is sited next to the Grade 1-listed De La Warr Pavilion.

Bath-based joiner Westside Design Workshop employed techniques similar to boat-building in the four-month construction, basing the bandstand on a timber frame, with a stressed laminate plywood skin coated with epoxy resin and fibreglass for added protection.

Joiner Michael McHugh said the project was the company’s most challenging job to date.