Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts and Public Realm Improvements

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

New Forest

Information about this scheme

The project, developed through close collaboration with the passionate and devoted community of Beach Hut owners and coastal users, consists of 119 beach huts, constructed to regenerate the seafront at Milford-on-Sea and to withstand a 1:200 year storm event. This stretch of coastline was in a poor state of repair, with the 60 year-old huts and lower promenade collapsing, creating dangerous hazards to the public. The project now extends 300 metres along the Milford-on-Sea coastline providing a raised public promenade which enables the public to access the panoramic views once blocked by the historic huts; under the promenade new robust beach huts are provided, constructed of reinforced pre-cast and in-situ concrete. The beach huts utilise a printed concrete finish - used to depict locally distinctive views - these are printed into the facade in a halftone/dot matrix graphic. The front panels illustrate and encourage visitors to explore other historic and ecological sites along the coast such as Hurst Castle; a 16th Century Castle constructed by Henry the 8th. To encourage children to interact and explore the beach huts small unique nautical silhouettes have also been discretely located within the concrete panels, encouraging a spirit of discovery and adventure. The finished scheme is elegant and attractive, displaying all the charm and fun you would expect from this seaside location. This aesthetic result has been achieved with the backbone of robust and appropriate civil engineering which makes its success even more worthy of celebration.

Credits

Client

New Forest District Council

Architect

Snug Architects Ltd

Civil Engineers

Ramboll Ltd

Main Contractor

Raymond Brown Ltd

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure