Bold new beach huts to be unveiled in new year

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Work is gathering pace as part of a £2.6m scheme to create bold new beach huts in a coastal town.

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts

With 72 contemporary beach huts to be installed as a replacement for the 58 concrete beach chalets that were demolished on Jubilee Parade in Lowestoft, the new beach huts are set to be unveiled in the new year.

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts - Credit: East Suffolk Council

After the chalets were closed in the summer of 2016 due to safety concerns, construction work started in July last year as part of a wider investment programme for the area.

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts

A CGI visualisation of the new Lowestoft Jubilee Promenade beach huts - Credit: East Suffolk Council

Work on the new beach huts, which have divided opinion in the town, is due to be completed in March.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Previously the huts have sparked controversy, with some describing them as "hideous", while others welcomed them as "beautiful".

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Ten of the beach huts, which have been designed by Norwich architects, Chaplin Farrant, will be accessible with level access from the lower promenade.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

Among the works being progressed recently, has been a new steel structure that covers more than a third of the area of beach huts so far that will form the support for the decking on the upper level.

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Rectangular cages, filled with rocks, have also been constructed at the base of the structure for additional stability.

An East Suffolk Council spokesman said: “Work is currently on track for the development of 72 contemporary beach huts at Jubilee Terrace in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: Mick Howes

“Work began on site in September to deliver the scheme, which is part of a wider investment programme led by East Suffolk Council for the area.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: East Suffolk Council

“Alongside Norwich-based architect, cost consultants and project managers Chaplin Farrant, the project comprises Lowestoft based firms PJ Spillings, as contractor responsible for the timber beach huts, and MS Oakes as the contractor for the steel platform and placement of beach huts on the site.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: East Suffolk Council

“Construction is due for completion in March 2022, ahead of spring, when the huts will be available to use.”

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: East Suffolk Council

The contemporary beach huts will be based on two levels, which will face partially south to ensure maximum sunshine throughout the day.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft.

Work is continuing as part of a scheme to create bold new beach huts in Lowestoft. - Credit: East Suffolk Council

The tips of the structures will face eastwards reflecting Lowestoft’s position as the most easterly location in the country.

A raised decking promenade will also be created to enable people to sit in front of the new huts on the upper level without restricting access to those using the promenade.