Branksome Chine promenade, 2018

Branksome Chine

Public space enhancements

Last updated 9th June 2020

The Project

The project at Branksome Chine will:

  • Create a more welcoming public plaza with improved surfacing and artistic features
  • Improve the public toilets
  • Enable the Land Train to bring visitors to the area with enhanced Land Train features and services
  • Include improved way marking and signage
  • Add new bench seating, with planters & trees to soften tarmac surfaces

Phase 2: started March 2020

  • Public toilets refurbishment – due for completion June 2020
  • New shower facilities installed next to beach office – start of works to be confirmed subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Phase 3 - start date to be confirmed

  • New bench seating and planting to soften the space where the car park meets the prom

An overview of the design

Branksome Chine improvement project 2020

Phase 1 completed December 2019

  • Improved level access to the public toilets, shop and kiosk
  • Land Train turning area formalised with a paved stone circle

Phase 1 progress gallery


What will the works cost?

The works will cost up to £180,000 and be funded by BCP Council and a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund

When will these works take place?

Work will be carried out in three phases;

  • Phase 1: completed December 2019 – improved level access to the public toilets, shop & kiosk; Land Train turning area formalised with a paved stone circle.
  • Phase 2: starting spring 2020, subject to Covid-19 restrictions – public toilets to be refurbished; new shower facilities to be installed next to the beach office.
  • Phase 3: start date to be confirmed – new bench seating and planting to soften the space where the car park meets the promenade.

Regular updates will be posted on site and here on our website

What times will the building site operate?

Monday – Friday from 7.30am – 5pm. Weekend working will be subject to approval.

Can I still use the prom during the works?

Yes, access along the prom will continue, although it will be narrower in width to allow for the building works. There may be short periods of time when the prom will be temporarily closed for example during a delivery and resurfacing.

Will the toilets remain open during the refurbishment?

During the works we need to close one side of the toilets at a time. The remaining toilets will temporarily become unisex facilities. The completed toilets will revert to separate male and female facilities. If you would like some assistance to access the disabled toilet, please speak to one of the site team.

Will the car park spaces stay the same?

During the works will need to temporarily adjust some car park spaces to allow for works traffic and the site compound.

How can I contact the Beach Rangers Office during the works?

Telephone: 01202 708181

Will beach hut tenants be affected by the works?

Beach hut tenants will be contacted directly by the Beach Hut team with information relevant to their hut.

Project timeline

  • February 2018 The Arts Development Company together with Dorset Coast Forum and Borough of Poole appointed local landscape artist Amanda Moore to design the new public space
  • May 2018 Works to create a turning circle for the Land Train were completed in February, and in May we started the new transport service trial with the train now visiting Branksome Chine
  • August – September 2018 Landscaping improvement proposals were made available for public comment at a drop-in event at Branksome Chine on Wednesday 15th August. The plans were then made available to view & for comments, at Sandbanks Beach Office and online, until 12th September. All feedback passed to the Design Team for review
  • Winter 2018/19 Building surveys of the public toilet for improvements plans and investment in pumping station
  • February 2019 The Land Train from Bournemouth Pier will now visit Branksome Chine following a successful trial and public feedback during summer 2018. The new design includes an improved turning circle for the train and softer landscaping. Land Train Timetable & Ticket Prices
  • September 2019 Work started on site, Phase 1

The beach and promenade in 2018

Project Details

Budget Up to £180,000
Funding Coastal Communities Fund
Project Lead Anthony Rogers, Head of Leisure

Part funded by the Coastal Communities Fund coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum

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