"Floating" restaurant for Southend seafront

Southend Standard: An artist's impression of the proposed restaurant An artist's impression of the proposed restaurant

A NEW “floating” restaurant offering views across the Thames Estuary could be built on Southend seafront.

A developer hopes to transform the dilapidated, single-storey KJ’s cafe just east of the Genting Club, in Western Esplanade, Westcliff, into a modern two-storey restaurant that projects out over the foreshore, giving the impression it is floating when the tide is in.

Diners would be able to sit sunning themselves on the dual-level upper deck and the ground-floor decking area at the back during the summer.

The existing kiosk building, which would be retained, and a side extension covered by the second level of the upper deck would offer shelter so it could stay open through the winter.

Paul Seager, the Southend architect behind the design, said: “The new split-level ground-floor deck will be cantilevered from the existing structure of the old kiosk and when the tide is in will appear to be floating. The upper deck, which would be for mainly summer periods, will allow spectacular views across the estuary without compromising or affecting foreshore views.”

Southend Council turned down plans for an “iconic” two-storey yellow coffee shop next to Adventure Island in July as it would block views of the estuary.

But the proposed new restaurant’s upper deck has no walls or roof and the side extension is glazed, so there would be little change in sea views.

Developer Emmanuel Popat recently snapped up the kiosk, after spotting its potential for redevelopment. The proposal follows the successful transformation of a derelict tram stop shelter, in Eastern Esplanade, into the upmarket, single-storey cafe Ocean Beach in 2006.

Mr Seager added: “The location is ideal for a modern, contemporary, and exciting new seafront restaurant or cafe.

“This side of the pier is gradually being regenerated and when asking to look at this project, our brief was to provide a facility which would make use of the fantastic estuary views with its sun deck and cantilevered lower split level restaurant cafe.”

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6:16am Fri 29 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

So what have we got here, thats different from one of those protruding candy floss and kiss me quick hat kiosks? a pipe dream ? with an alcohol licence...
So what have we got here, thats different from one of those protruding candy floss and kiss me quick hat kiosks? a pipe dream ? with an alcohol licence... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:10am Fri 29 Nov 13

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

The last thing the sea-front is another place to eat. A Lido would be much better! The natural beauty of the fore-shore should remain undisturbed.
The last thing the sea-front is another place to eat. A Lido would be much better! The natural beauty of the fore-shore should remain undisturbed. Alice in Her Own Land :P

9:21am Fri 29 Nov 13

Thames Gateway says...

No Thank You.
No Thank You. Thames Gateway

10:36am Fri 29 Nov 13

pembury53 says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
The last thing the sea-front is another place to eat. A Lido would be much better! The natural beauty of the fore-shore should remain undisturbed.
if this was being proposed for previously untouched fore shore i could see your point, but this is a redevelopment of an existing delapidated hut..........as for whether its needed i would tend to agree not, but the developer / owner will only be concerned with the business viability of it...... what with the new 'beach hut' having opened opposite toulose, and the 'cafe restaurant opportunity' being touted for the old shelter it remains to be seen how many more eateries can be truly sustained.....
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: The last thing the sea-front is another place to eat. A Lido would be much better! The natural beauty of the fore-shore should remain undisturbed.[/p][/quote]if this was being proposed for previously untouched fore shore i could see your point, but this is a redevelopment of an existing delapidated hut..........as for whether its needed i would tend to agree not, but the developer / owner will only be concerned with the business viability of it...... what with the new 'beach hut' having opened opposite toulose, and the 'cafe restaurant opportunity' being touted for the old shelter it remains to be seen how many more eateries can be truly sustained..... pembury53

10:56am Fri 29 Nov 13

Howard Cháse says...

As lonh as it doesn't float off and smash the pier or detonate the Montgomery or get in the way of planes landing at the airport on Doris Island what's the problem.....
As lonh as it doesn't float off and smash the pier or detonate the Montgomery or get in the way of planes landing at the airport on Doris Island what's the problem..... Howard Cháse

12:15pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Rochford Rob says...

Lets hope the new enterprise is kept cleaner than the last. I witnessed the place being locked up one Sunday. shutters down, lights off and locked 5 minutes after the last customer had left.
Lets hope the new enterprise is kept cleaner than the last. I witnessed the place being locked up one Sunday. shutters down, lights off and locked 5 minutes after the last customer had left. Rochford Rob

12:53pm Fri 29 Nov 13

BusyBee1976 says...

Floating?!!
Floating?!! BusyBee1976

1:29pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Rochford Rob says...

Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show. Rochford Rob

1:53pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Southend Andy says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
The echo love the 'traveler' community. & don't like people having a go at them.
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show.[/p][/quote]The echo love the 'traveler' community. & don't like people having a go at them. Southend Andy

2:09pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Ironman says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on.

Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it.

Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show.[/p][/quote]If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on. Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it. Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items. Ironman

2:27pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Rochford Rob says...

Maybe they are battening down the hatches before 2014 when any Roma related stories and comments are likely to melt the servers.
Maybe they are battening down the hatches before 2014 when any Roma related stories and comments are likely to melt the servers. Rochford Rob

3:33pm Fri 29 Nov 13

the citizen says...

BusyBee1976 wrote:
Floating?!!
No.. it's "floating". It's the speech-marks that make the difference.. Apparently it will give the appearance of floating when at high tide. Not sure about the 2nd level but I am sure they want to maximise the number of tables they can cover. I like the idea of smartening up the seafront and this will have that effect - if Joe Public just wants to go for just a cuppa and a bun etc there are the places in the arches and the Rossi's? But that's enough though, let's not lose all the "normal" cafes along the seafront.
[quote][p][bold]BusyBee1976[/bold] wrote: Floating?!![/p][/quote]No.. it's "floating". It's the speech-marks that make the difference.. Apparently it will give the appearance of floating when at high tide. Not sure about the 2nd level but I am sure they want to maximise the number of tables they can cover. I like the idea of smartening up the seafront and this will have that effect - if Joe Public just wants to go for just a cuppa and a bun etc there are the places in the arches and the Rossi's? But that's enough though, let's not lose all the "normal" cafes along the seafront. the citizen

5:05pm Fri 29 Nov 13

echoforum says...

End of the day..yet another 'cafe'..low rent food..can't anyone make a decent cup of coffee
End of the day..yet another 'cafe'..low rent food..can't anyone make a decent cup of coffee echoforum

5:13pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Ironman wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on.

Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it.

Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.
I think your points are very valid. Not that I think any derogatory comments about travellers should be the basis of any point of view on here. Such serves no purpose other than to fuel a fire of hatred
[quote][p][bold]Ironman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show.[/p][/quote]If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on. Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it. Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.[/p][/quote]I think your points are very valid. Not that I think any derogatory comments about travellers should be the basis of any point of view on here. Such serves no purpose other than to fuel a fire of hatred Broadwaywatch

5:38pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Ironman wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on.

Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it.

Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.
I think your points are very valid. Not that I think any derogatory comments about travellers should be the basis of any point of view on here. Such serves no purpose other than to fuel a fire of hatred
I have just reread what I wrote and it dos not mean that you Ironman have made derogatory remarks. I was talking in general
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ironman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show.[/p][/quote]If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on. Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it. Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.[/p][/quote]I think your points are very valid. Not that I think any derogatory comments about travellers should be the basis of any point of view on here. Such serves no purpose other than to fuel a fire of hatred[/p][/quote]I have just reread what I wrote and it dos not mean that you Ironman have made derogatory remarks. I was talking in general Broadwaywatch

6:24pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Joe Clark says...

Whilst I agree in principle with the proposal I think it will be too high perhaps if they kept it to one level it would be better, sea views will not be "lost" as its glass and the original building will be retained so that small area of "lost view" has been like that ever since I can remember.

It will improve the look but another café not sure, a lido would take up too much of the foreshore and take a lot of the view away, perhaps a sundeck and a small performance space?
Whilst I agree in principle with the proposal I think it will be too high perhaps if they kept it to one level it would be better, sea views will not be "lost" as its glass and the original building will be retained so that small area of "lost view" has been like that ever since I can remember. It will improve the look but another café not sure, a lido would take up too much of the foreshore and take a lot of the view away, perhaps a sundeck and a small performance space? Joe Clark

7:15pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

Its quite handy because just outside this development is a car/van wide cycle lane that will be perfect for deliveries and those Eric Pickle 'Just stopping for five minutes' moments that many car drivers have to save their legs.
Throw it out!
Its quite handy because just outside this development is a car/van wide cycle lane that will be perfect for deliveries and those Eric Pickle 'Just stopping for five minutes' moments that many car drivers have to save their legs. Throw it out! Keptquiettillnow

7:47pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Tich25 says...

There seems to be quite a number of new places to eat down the front and more are planned so when will it stop. One really big storm should clear things up
There seems to be quite a number of new places to eat down the front and more are planned so when will it stop. One really big storm should clear things up Tich25

6:22am Sat 30 Nov 13

planetdreamerdt says...

I hope the sea isn't rough when people are eating. Take your own sick bags?
I hope the sea isn't rough when people are eating. Take your own sick bags? planetdreamerdt

8:40am Sat 30 Nov 13

Nebs says...

Ironman wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment?

There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more.

The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they?

Poor show.
If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on.

Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it.

Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.
I'd have thought that was pretty obvious. The echo report the facts, which are not in dispute, and then people come on here and make allegations which they may think to be true, or even that they know to be true, or that are just figments of their imagination. But whichever they are they cannot be proved, and that puts the echo in a dangerous position.
I'd prefer it if the echo allowed comments, but removed the problem posts individually rather than take down the whole thread. Then maybe there could be a sensible discussion.
[quote][p][bold]Ironman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: Completely of topic, but why do all the 'traveller' related stories on here have no facilities to comment? There's been some classic stuff of late - the mobile homes on the illegal site, the bloke with the wandering ponies, plus many more. The Echo hasn't caved in to resident mentalist LL and his burgeoning 'dossier' have they? Poor show.[/p][/quote]If it can be reported on as 'news', then surely it should be allowed to be commented on. Sounds like the Thought Police dictating what can be said and who can say it. Perhaps a statement from the Echo would be in order to explain their position on 'uncommentable' items.[/p][/quote]I'd have thought that was pretty obvious. The echo report the facts, which are not in dispute, and then people come on here and make allegations which they may think to be true, or even that they know to be true, or that are just figments of their imagination. But whichever they are they cannot be proved, and that puts the echo in a dangerous position. I'd prefer it if the echo allowed comments, but removed the problem posts individually rather than take down the whole thread. Then maybe there could be a sensible discussion. Nebs

11:45am Sat 30 Nov 13

jantone says...

One day the contributers will have a positive thing to write about, instead of slagging off every new project that comes along.
This building looks great & would be a very welcome addition to the sea front.
I really hope & pray that our Council does not refuse it.
Cafes & restaurants are the biggest attraction to Southend, so why are some people so negative about any new idea that comes along. after all
, it's not their cash that would pay for it?
One day the contributers will have a positive thing to write about, instead of slagging off every new project that comes along. This building looks great & would be a very welcome addition to the sea front. I really hope & pray that our Council does not refuse it. Cafes & restaurants are the biggest attraction to Southend, so why are some people so negative about any new idea that comes along. after all , it's not their cash that would pay for it? jantone

12:19pm Sat 30 Nov 13

echoforum says...

Will they serve Pot Noodles?..If so get the Bouncers in now!!!!!!!!
Will they serve Pot Noodles?..If so get the Bouncers in now!!!!!!!! echoforum

3:28pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Rochford Rob says...

Anything has to be better than the grease laden deep fried botulism that was on the menu before.

Anyone been to Ocean Beach? That used to be a karzy (literally) now it's clean and comfortable. No riff-raff and pleasant surroundings.

More of these places the better.

The chavs and deep fried aficionados should take their business to Jaywick - more in fitting with their expectations.
Anything has to be better than the grease laden deep fried botulism that was on the menu before. Anyone been to Ocean Beach? That used to be a karzy (literally) now it's clean and comfortable. No riff-raff and pleasant surroundings. More of these places the better. The chavs and deep fried aficionados should take their business to Jaywick - more in fitting with their expectations. Rochford Rob

4:40pm Sat 30 Nov 13

jolllyboy says...

Just another eating place ! not needed. Empty in the winter, vandalised......how about letting us see the sea when we go down there. i am fed up with the building.
Just another eating place ! not needed. Empty in the winter, vandalised......how about letting us see the sea when we go down there. i am fed up with the building. jolllyboy

8:38pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

The trouble with this design, is the open top deck, with 10.000 seagulls looking for a nice place to perch, and do the business, it could end up with a netted roof, allowing smaller birds to get trapped...
The trouble with this design, is the open top deck, with 10.000 seagulls looking for a nice place to perch, and do the business, it could end up with a netted roof, allowing smaller birds to get trapped... Nowthatsworthknowing

11:14pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Ivadda Goodhump says...

Just what Southend needs - another large floater in the Estuary.
Just what Southend needs - another large floater in the Estuary. Ivadda Goodhump

11:22am Mon 2 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Just another eating place ! not needed. Empty in the winter, vandalised......how about letting us see the sea when we go down there. i am fed up with the building.
You can't see the sea from there, only the river - the land the other side is Kent, not France.

Toulouse and Ocean Beach are open throughout the winter and neither have been vandalised AFAIAA.

They just attract a better class of clientelle that's all.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Just another eating place ! not needed. Empty in the winter, vandalised......how about letting us see the sea when we go down there. i am fed up with the building.[/p][/quote]You can't see the sea from there, only the river - the land the other side is Kent, not France. Toulouse and Ocean Beach are open throughout the winter and neither have been vandalised AFAIAA. They just attract a better class of clientelle that's all. Rochford Rob

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