Seaton Jurassic nominated for six awards

A leading East Devon tourist attraction has been shortlisted for no less than six top awards from bodies which look to honour the nation’s best new buildings

Seaton Jurassic is the focus of all the attention. The visitor attraction was opened in spring 2016 and is owned by East Devon District Council and operated by the charity Devon Wildlife Trust. It has welcomed more than 50,000 people through its doors during its first year of operation.

Four of the nominations come from The Planning Awards 2017, a prestigious awards scheme which looks to honour “excellence in planning and placemaking”. The four categories in which Seaton Jurassic has been shortlisted include:

  • Award for Regeneration;
  • Award for Best Use of Publicly Owned Land;
  • Award for best use of arts, culture or sport in placemaking;
  • Award for partnership working.

The Planning Awards recognise “outstanding professional planning work, rewarding excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.”

Seaton Jurassic has also been shortlisted for a fifth award in a separate building design competition. The RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards are billed as “the premier property and construction Awards in the country” and Seaton Jurassic has landed a shortlisting in the ‘Regeneration’ category within the South West region.

The visitor attraction’s sixth award nomination comes in the annual Michelmores’ Property Awards.  The awards are billed as “the South West's premier property competition, showcasing and celebrating the very best of the region's projects, buildings and businesses.” Seaton Jurassic has been nominated as a candidate for Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year.

The results of all six nominations should be known this summer.

Councillor Paul Diviani, the Leader of East Devon District Council, said:

This is fantastic news and a wonderful accolade for everyone who has been involved in Seaton Jurassic. We feel passionately about this unique and exciting visitor attraction, which has delivered what it promised, helping put Seaton firmly on the tourist attraction map and boosting the regeneration of the town by attracting thousands of visitors. It’s a magnificent community asset and the fact that this has been recognised on a national scale is the icing on the cake.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s spokesperson Steve Hussey said:

We’re delighted by the boost of being shortlisted by so many prestigious awards. We think that Seaton Jurassic adds to what Seaton can offer local people and visitors. If people are wondering what all the fuss is about then they should come and visit us!

Seaton Jurassic was opened by HRH the Princess Royal in April 2016 and is set on the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. It celebrates the area’s unique local geological, coastal and marine heritage. Seaton Jurassic was designed by Plymouth-based architects Form Design Group.

Seaton Jurassic and its café are open every day to the public throughout the Easter holidays from Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th April. Visitors over the holiday period can take part in a special Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt, following clues to complete a trail and claim a prize! People can plan their visit by going to the Seaton Jurassic website.