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Boscombe beach hut winner unveiled

A design called ‘The Seagull and the Windbreak’ by a:b:i:r architects, with designer Peter Francis Lewis, has won of the Boscombe Beach hut contest

The scheme for disabled beach users was ‘unanimously’ selected ahead of eight finalists (see story below) and will be built west of Boscombe Pier, adjacent to Coasters restaurant near Bournemouth.

Describing the scheme, Peter Francis Lewis of Brighton-based designers AEREA said: ‘The seagull is represented by the canopy roof, each wing covering a pair of semi-detached beach huts. The curved horizontal bands of the exterior take their cue from the classic windbreak.’

The £100,000 scheme is being funded by CABE as part of the Sea Change culture-led investment programme aimed at tackling rundown resorts.

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Previous story (31.07.09)

Boscombe beach hut finalists announced

Eight practices have been shortlisted for four disabled accessible beach huts at Boscombe beach, Bournemouth

The eight proposals were shortlisted from 173 entries which came from as far as Japan, China, USA and Peru. The finalists include:

•        ‘Point of View’ by Liebermann, Hinsch, Nolte and Schwanitz

•        ‘Alexandrina’ by Studio Weave

•        ‘Boscombe Boardwalk’ by Trehearne Architects

•        ‘Bomo’ by Reinier De Jong Architecture and Design

•        ‘Crop’ by MAak

•        ‘How many ice cream sticks to make a beach hut? 110’ by Ryan Von Ruben Architects



•        ‘Sand, Shell, Rope and Pebble’ by The Goddard Partnership

•        ‘The Seagull and The Windbreak’ by Peter Francis Lewis

The scheme is part of the Boscombe Sea Change project, a government-funded initiative for the UK’s only purpose-designed disabled accessible beach huts.  

As of Monday 3 August, all runner up beach hut model entries will be on public display in shop windows throughout the Royal Arcade, Boscombe and will remain there until the end of September. The eight short-listed models will only be available to view on Monday because they will have to be removed to be used as part of the final selection process.   

The winning design will be announced in September and will be completed to the west of Boscombe Pier, next to Coaster restaurant, in time for the 2010 season.

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  • I hate people who write these comments, I really do, but even so, here, in this case I registered with aj online just to say one word...


    Not even in capital letters. This stuff doesnt even provoke anger, just depression ... massive depression. Good brief/premise however, perhaps there were better entrees that didnt get through ???

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  • The Railings will have to change for a start, they do not comply with any code I know. The colours are awful. the scheme does not look like a beach hut, it looks like a public toilet. Sorry my personal opinion based upon the image provided.

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  • Oh, don't encourage these preposterous practice names by accepting their stupid bloody colons. Call them ABIR Architects. If they don't like it, that's a bonus.

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  • I think it is wonderful. Thank god it doesn't look like a beach hut. Anyway, what is the issue with public toilets???

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  • A better idea of the huts can be seen here:

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  • don't know what all you toff's are whining about?? the seagulls and the windbreak? pure brilliance! nostalgia in a building. the all it needs is an old chubby fella with rolled up trousers and string vest, add the knotted hanky and its perfect! I for one, love it.

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  • It looks cheap and completely tasteless, should fit in well with its surroundings. It's a shame the less obtrusive designs such as 'Point of View' by Liebermann, Hinsch, Nolte and Schwanitz were overlooked - they might actually enrich the beach, and i daresay have a good deal more longevity. I can imagine this being torn down in a few years; it doesn't look like it will age well.

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  • winning entry can be seen on page 28 of the Architectural Review, April 1978. Is nothing new or fresh ?

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