New 'beach hut village' and activity park to be created in £1m project
- Credit: Places Leisure
Two new attractions costing almost £1milliion to create are set to be built on Felixstowe seafront.
East Suffolk Council is planning a "beach hut village" and an activity park in under-used grassed areas between the south beach promenade and Sea Road.
The hut village designed by Plaice Architects will use the land currently housing a trim trail/outdoor gym (previously used for donkey rides a few years ago) just the south side of the leisure centre.
It will feature sites for 25 traditional new beach huts, new public toilets, and a five purpose-built pods.
The pods will be in one unit, creating a flexible space.
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Craig Rivett, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said: "The focus of the site will be a single storey block structure constructed from SIPS (self-insulating panels) that can be split into smaller rooms or pods.
"The inside of each pod would be an adaptable, flexible space with a connecting partition wall which could be removed, expanding the individual pods into two pods of two or one large unit consisting of all five separate pods into one space.
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"These features will provide the opportunity to create a space which can be hired by groups, families or, potentially, to be used as a beach classroom or seaside venue. Power and running water would be installed in the pods."
He said the council believed the project would be a "key economic benefit".
The trim trail would be moved to the volleyball area opposite Buregate Road.
This area would be turned into an activity park including a petanque piste, concrete table tennis tables, accessible picnic benches, chess tables and outdoor space for workouts.
The whole project is budgeted to cost £993,000.
The favoured option is to sell the new huts which would generate the most financial benefit with a capital receipt of £392,000 and a net annual income from licences of £11,197 plus the income from pod hire of £28,875.
Mr Rivett added: "Foremost, this project is one about the regeneration of the South Seafront Area, with a vision to offer a flexible facility, in the form of hireable pods, that allows families and groups to access and enjoy the beach and resort for a day, or longer.
"With the addition of the new public convenience block and the creation of an activity park, the project has many facets, and the key drivers are not financial."