The new building will offer a 40 seat café for visitors, a changing places room, two accessible toilets, a baby changing room, and a volunteer’s room. The modern design for the new site includes low-energy features and the latest technology for water management which will give the building a low carbon footprint. The project is due for completion in July 2021.
Design Philosophy – The biggest asset of the site is its elevated position above the beach and the seascape vista. The adjacent sand dunes were known to have private beach huts randomly positioned along the coast which were very popular in the 1950’s. The beach hut concept was the starting point for the hub design, with simple timber frame construction model being implemented. The building design is aimed at ensuring thermal efficiency whilst being robust enough to withstand the harsh conditions of the exposed site and corrosive sea air. The building will benefit from electric heating, an air source heat pump, and Solar Photo Voltaic panels fitted to the roof.
Project Update (June 2021) – We are currently on site completing the ventilation work which includes the first fix heating and electrical work to the main hub. The underfloor heating has been installed, floor screed laid and the external brickwork and stonework has been completed. The drylining works have commenced.