Shoeburyness Beach Huts

Pedder & Scampton Architects, Southend-on-Sea, 2013

 

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Eight new contemporary beach huts on Shoeburyness beach

The brief asked for a contemporary, environmentally friendly, interpretation of a Beach Hut for this beautiful site at Shoeburyness, dominated by huge skies, mud flats and distinctive views of tankers and power stations.

We devised a simple, asymmetrical form which gives each hut a south facing frontage private from the huts to either side and added an undulating rhythm by alternating the roof pitch along the row of huts.

The site demanded a robust approach. The walls are recycled timber pallets in a timber frame clad to either side with painted ply or polycarbonate sheet. This structure is infilled with shells, pebbles, and recycled glass laid in strata to reflect the drifts of stones on the beach. The wall fill stops at eaves level allowing sunlight to filter into the huts at high level. The interiors are lined in shuttering ply, ready for customisation by each owner. Green roofs, visible from above, complete the construction.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 73m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £95,000
  • Funding: Local Authority
  • Tender date: Mar 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: East Beach, near Rampart Terrace, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9AE, United Kingdom

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