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Pedder and Scampton bags planning for Southend beach huts

Pedder and Scampton has landed planning permission for a competition-winning string of beach huts in Southend

The Islington-based practice won the high-profile job in December last year, defeating more than 40 entrants rival proposals for the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council-backed seafront scheme.

The studio’s huts will be constructed from recycled timber pallets and externally clad with polycarbonate sheeting. The cavity will be filled with pebbles, shells and crushed glass producing a ‘strata-like individual pattern reflecting the character of the adjacent beach’.

Gillian Scampton, director of Pedder & Scampton, said: ‘A beach hut is one of the unique pleasures of a British seaside holiday, the perfect place to make tea and watch the world go by. Our beach huts take the defining characteristics of the type – a strong rhythm and profile, a simple form, and intimate space – to create something new and entirely at home in the distinctive landscape.’

Steven Newman of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said: ‘The designs allow for each hut to enjoy unique individual touches without weakening the overall architectural consistency of the scheme. We are particularly excited about the use of recycled materials, including pallets and glass and the use of green living roofs, to create something that is both simple and beautiful.’

Work on site is expected to begin in April and the beach huts are planned to be ready for the summer.

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