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Contest-winning beach huts for Boscombe complete

Emerging Brighton-based practice a:b:i:r architects has finished these beach huts in Boscombe, Bournemouth designed specifically for people with disabilities

Drawn up with designer Peter Francis Lewis, the £100,000 The Seagull and the Windbreak scheme was chosen from 173 entries following an international contest in 2009.

The four fully accessible huts - designed as two pairs with retractable partition walls for increased flexibility - can each accommodate up to four wheelchair users.

Funded as part of CABE’s Seachange programme, the project includes ‘high-colour contrast surfaces and flooring to assist the visually impaired, dual-height kitchen units with gas stove and a communal outside area with a fresh-water fountain.’

Linda Nelson from Bournemouth, who has been involved in the design development and has since rented a hut for an entire season, said: ‘I had trouble getting in and around the old beach huts and was constantly worried about falling over. These new huts take away all those old problems; they are a tremendous asset for the area and a fantastic facility for disabled people.’

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