What is going on with Lowestoft's 'Marmite' beach huts?

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 Lowestoft's controversial new beach huts is due to get under way in September, it has been revealed.

The £2.6 million scheme, which has already seen more than 50 concrete chalets demolished, will move into its next phase over the coming weeks.  

The area where new Beach huts will be placed along the promenade in Lowestoft
Byline: Sonya Duncan

The area where new beach huts will be built along the promenade in Lowestoft - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Plans for 72 new huts on Jubilee Parade are part of a wider investment programme for the area being led by East Suffolk Council (ESC). 

But the two-tier design has split opinion among locals, with one councillor comparing it to Marmite given the 'love it or hate it' response.

The project was, however, officially given the green light by planners in May - by a majority of six votes to three.

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

And now it has been confirmed that initial work will start once the new school term has begun.


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A spokesman for ESC said: "Work will be starting in September on the installation of the platform and new beach huts, with anticipated completion of the scheme by March of next year.

"The huts are being manufactured by Lowestoft company, PJ Spillings, while the platform and ancillary works are being undertaken by M S Oakes - also from the town.

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

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"They will be offered for sale on lease and rental, and will include four accessible huts with level access from the lower promenade."

While the artist's impression of the beach huts has sparked widespread debate - both locally and nationally - many have hailed the modern-looking blueprint. 

Martin Williams, whose cafe, Sunrise at Zak's, is situated immediately beside the development site, is one of those who is more enthusiastic.

Martin Williams, owner of Sunrise at Zak's, is looking forward to Lowestoft's new beach huts being built

Martin Williams, owner of Sunrise at Zak's, is looking forward to Lowestoft's new beach huts being built - Credit: Sonya Duncan

"In all honesty I am really looking forward to them cracking on with the work," said Mr Williams, who has run his seafront business for six years. 

"It's just nice to see something different. They are very retro-contemporary - not like your normal beach huts - and I think they look absolutely fantastic.

"From what I gather there is a mix of opinion, but generally speaking I think people are for them. Hopefully this can set Lowestoft apart from other beach resorts."

Work is continuing to demolish the concrete beach chalets on Jubilee Parade in Lowestoft. Picture: M

The original concrete beach chalets on Lowestoft seafront were demolished - Credit: Mick Howes

The 58 original chalets had to be closed in the summer of 2016 due to safety concerns. 

Cliff stabilisation work has been ongoing since demolition work was completed. 

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