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New beach hut designs on display


Andrew Emery invites residents to choose the top 10 best beach hut designs

An array of beach hut designs for disabled users created by architects and artists from across the world are being displayed in Bournemouth.

The exhibit comes after professionals were invited to submit ideas to transform a row of beach huts as part of the Boscombe seafront regeneration.

Four larger huts for disabled users will replace five standard beach huts west of Boscombe Pier.

Bournemouth Borough Council said they would be built in time for next summer.

Judging panel

Andrew Emery, Boscombe sea change project manager, said: "The level of entry to this competition is a testament to the growing reputation of Boscombe seafront.

"I hope that people take the opportunity to come and see some of the work which has come in from as far as Japan, China, USA, Peru, Europe and, of course, from within the UK."

The government-funded Boscombe Sea Change program will also include disabled parking access to the new huts and refurbishment of the disabled toilet.

A new access trackway will be built from recycled pier timbers and enable visitors in wheelchairs to access the beach down to the waterline.

The beach hut models will be on display at the Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, until 1900 BST on Tuesday.

The final judging process will take taking place on Wednesday.

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