Eastbourne Borough Council has announced a design contest for a series of £10,000 beach huts
Planned to complete in December 2016, the project will deliver four ‘bold and imaginative’ beach huts east of the coastal town’s historic pier which partially burnt down in 2014.
A fifth hut will also be delivered following a separate contest open to the local community.
The East Sussex settlement is currently home to around 87 huts and 69 chalets spread across six locations west of the pier.
The new structures are part of a new cycle route connecting Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery with the Grade I-listed Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and HAT Projects’ £4 million Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.
Project manager Christine Harmar Brown said: ‘The aspiration is to encourage bold, imaginative designs that respond to the environment and expand the idea on how a beach hut might be used. A beach hut could be used as a performance space, as an exhibition space, a place to write or read or paint, a place for children to play, a dreaming place or somewhere to have an exclusive cream tea.
‘The huts may be made of recycled material sourced from the beach and they might look like waves, or shell- or they might look like space pods and be made from steel. The hunt is on to find innovative designs that will impress our prestigious panel of judges. The winning submissions will be fully realised and be of benefit to the area way into the future.’
Judges include sculptor Alex Chinneck and the council’s head of tourism Annie Wills.
Applicants must successfully complete a suitability assessment questionnaire before participating in the contest.
The deadline for applications is 9 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Tel: 01323 400664