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George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces opens Dorset beach bothies contest

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TV architect George Clarke has launched an open design competition for beach huts in Dorset - and the winners will get to stay in them for free

The Channel 4 show – which focuses on unusual, small-scale residential conversions – is seeking proposals for a dozen seaside retreats near Highcliffe.

Backed by Christchurch Borough Council, the project to deliver new holiday chalets between Cliffhanger Café and Highcliffe Castle will be the focus of a four-part series hosted by Clarke.

Winning teams will receive £8,000 each to build their clifftop structures, and up to four weeks’ free accommodation within their completed cabin every year.

According to the brief: ‘The retreat must be just as unique on the inside as the outside, reflect the beautiful natural surroundings and fit within them, be strong enough to withstand a harsh marine environment and unusually, be able to cater for a family to stay in for up to a week’s holiday at a time.’

The Isle of Wight and the famous Needles rocks are both visible from the cliffs. Christchurch Borough Council recently won Heritage Lottery funding for a restoration of nearby Highcliffe Castle.

Designed by RIBA founding member William Donthorne, the Grade I-listed house was built for the British ambassador to France, Charles Stuart in 1835 and was badly damaged by fire in the 1960s.

The deadline for applications is 1 May.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: clifftop@plumpictures.co.uk

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Dorset

Source: Image by Clive Perrin

Highcliffe

Dorset

Dorset

Source: Image by Clive Perrin

Highcliffe

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