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Reinvented beach huts revealed

Disabled friendly beach huts have been unveiled in Boscombe, near Bournemouth as part of a competition to relaunch Dorset beach’s traditional shacks and revamp the seaside resort.

Architects, artists and beach hut fans from around the world entered the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe)-funded project called Sea Change to reinvent the traditional beach hut.

A total of 163 scale models have been entered including a hut made from Perspex, another in the shape of a fish and one emulating sand dunes.

The winning designer will build four beach huts for the project beside the town’s pier, replacing older huts in time for next summer.

Boscombe Sea Change project manager Andrew Emery said: “This project is unique for the UK, very much a first, to build disabled friendly beach huts.

“Everyone loves beach huts and that’s really on show. It’s really inspired designers. They are like a home from home on fantastic beaches.”

The public will now choose their top 10 designs, which are on display at the Carrington House Hotel in the town, and a panel of judges will make the final choice.