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Return of the Jedi: i-am associates' Jabba beach hut recreated

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The Jabba beach hut, one of the winners of the 2006 Bathing Beauties contest, has been recreated on the Lincolnshire seafront after the original design deteriorated in the coastal climate

Now dubbed the Jabba II beach hut, the structure at Mablethorpe has been rebuilt and clad in DuPont Corian – a homogenous, non-porous, durable material which is UV, salt and graffiti resistant.

First conceived by London-based multidisciplinary design practice i-am associates for the international Bathing Beaties competition nine years ago (see AJ 05.10.06), the original beach hut in timber and aluminium had not fared well on the east-coast dunes.

Jon Blakeney, group managing director at i-am associates, said: ‘Jabba is a project we’re immensely proud of and it’s stayed close to our hearts over the years.

‘That Jabba has been given a new lease of life is fantastic, and we were delighted to contribute our time when it came to redesigning the iconic hut … we hope Jabba continues to provide enjoyment to Maplethorpe for many more years to come.’

Adam Grist, responsible for culture, leisure and tourism at East Lindsey District council said: ‘Since their installation nine years ago, the Bathing Beauties huts have become a symbol for the festival and the wider area.

‘Visitors and residents have really taken Jabba into their hearts, so I for one am very pleased that we are helping it to live on through the Jabba II structure.” 

The new structure is owned and maintained by Lincolnshire County Council and the rebuilding has been supported by i-am associates, material supplier DuPont Corian and the fabricator Interior Surfaces.

Jabba II is now sited at the north end of Mablethorpe.

Material detail - the manufacturer’s view

Jabba II now stands proud among the sand dunes, whose shape it is intended to echo, a witty, striking and memorable interpretation of a British seaside classic.

A sensuous scoop of smoothly curving Corian, the new hut was fabricated using highly skilled 5 axis CNC thermoforming by expert Interior Surface Specialists. Predominantly in the warm Cameo White colour of Corian, Jabba II also features ‘rock candy’ stripes in Bougainvillea, Blooming Green and Graphic Blue, created via inlaying techniques.


The design further optimises the seamless nature of the material by fully enveloping the ribbed substructure, then blending the external surface inwards to the cosy interior, which flows continuously into integrated seating, thus offering visitors both comfort and protection from the elements.

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