The brief required the replacement beach huts to be able to withstand a 1 in 200 year storm event on the same location. The finished project is great example of a design which is habitable, aesthetically stunning, in keeping with its surroundings, whilst providing a robust sea defence in the age of continuously developing climate change.
UK led the design development of the scheme with the assistance
of Snug Architects, using precast concrete C sections to form the body
of the huts designed to withstand the worse anticipated storms. Raymond
Brown Construction Ltd commenced the £2.36m project on site in Sept 2016
completing in June 2017. Raymond Brown appointed
Moore Concrete to provide all the precast elements of this project.
Raymond Brown Regional Director Kevin Valentine said “It has been a pleasure to work with New Forest District Council and all the partners on this project, which is so significant to the local area. Our team has worked diligently to deliver the scheme in time for the summer season and fully in line with expectations. I know we are all proud of the end result and hope the community and visitors alike will enjoy the new facilities”
The overall design of the beach huts were softened using an attractive range of vibrant colours chosen by hut owners for their doors, coupled with precast concrete front panels using a number of coastal inspired local designs incorporated by Moore Concrete within the manufacturing process. Individual numbers were also incorporated into these panels during the manufacture process creating a bespoke decorative panel for each hut.
new project design created a walkway along the top of the beach huts
with bridges connecting each of the 4 sections of the promenade,
enabling people to walk the full length and enjoy the specular views of
the Solent from an uninterrupted elevated position.
At the end of the beach hut terrace sections, a bespoke piece of public art was created using flotsam and jetson collected from the beach. Once arranged by a local artist they were cast to create a Reckli form work liner, Moore Concrete used these to create these textured concrete designed panels leading from the precast concrete steps down to the seafront promenade.
Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts have been shortlisted for a flurry of awards.
Institute of Civil Engineers Innovation Award Best Infrastructure Project South Award for Engineering Excellence
South Coast Property Awards
Regeneration Project of the Year
Photographs courtesy of Martin Gardner Photographer
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