Seafront shelters are winched into place

15/4/11- Installation of the first 'Next Wave' shelter, West Parade, Bexhill. Photo by Steve Hunnisett.
15/4/11- Installation of the first 'Next Wave' shelter, West Parade, Bexhill. Photo by Steve Hunnisett.
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THEY have arrived - two of the controversial wooden seafront shelters were winched into place on Bexhill seafront last Friday.

The structures, situated on the West Parade section of the seafront, were selected through a Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) organised competition.

A council spokesman said: “Following public feedback to Rother District Council, the design of the seafront shelters has been subtly amended to provide increased protection from the elements and comfortable wooden benches with backs.”

The predominantly timber design forms part of the £5million plus regeneration works in Bexhill, which will also include a new park area, restaurant, rowing club and refurbished grade II listed Colonnade building.

The shelters will sit alongside replanted gardens, landscaping and new seating. The project also includes updated signage and a resurfacing of the promenade.

The other seafront shelters are due to arrive in the near future.

The spokesman continued: “Up to 20 people can sit within a shelter and they will provide users with the option of facing the sea or sitting in different directions depending on the weather conditions.

“The architecturally striking shelters, which are unique to Bexhill, arrived on low loaders (pictured) and required a temporary road closure while they were being craned on site.”

• The Next Wave project is due to be completed later this summer.

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