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Winning New Forest beach huts judged "worthy of celebration" at prestigious design awards

Beach huts Milford on Sea The innovative design and engineering behind New Forest District Council's beach huts and seafront improvement scheme at Milford-on-Sea has been recognised in a series of prestigious awards, as the first anniversary of its completion approaches. On Friday 9 March the scheme received one of only 18 Civic Trust Awards, selected from 234 projects around the world.

The Milford scheme was described at the awards as "elegant and attractive, displaying all the charm and fun you would expect from the seaside location. This aesthetic result has been achieved with the backbone of robust and appropriate civil engineering which makes its success even more worthy of celebration."

The project to replace 119 concrete beach huts, give the public better access to the spectacular Solent views and provide improved sea defences along this vulnerable stretch of coast, was managed for the council by structural engineers Ramboll UK Ltd. They developed the design with New Forest-based Snug Architects, while the build was carried out by Raymond Brown Construction Ltd of Ringwood.

Other Civic Trust Award winners included a railway station in Denmark, an ocean research centre in China and the British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton. The new beach huts also featured on the front cover of the awards programme.

The project was also one of just five developments to be Highly Commended in the Concrete Society Awards in November 2017. The outright winner was the £1.35billion Queensferry Crossing over the River Forth, while other schemes to be highly commended included the £1billion London Bridge Station redevelopment and the brand new V & A Museum in Dundee. The awards judges commented on the Milford scheme:

"Integrating the huts into a sea defence structure and a new promenade has proved to be a sustainable solution; using local suppliers and services has reduced the environmental impact. The project also offers very good value for money."

In July 2017 the project won an award in The Galvanizing Awards. And the scheme was also shortlisted for the Institute of Civil Engineers South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2017.

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services, Councillor Alison Hoare said: "I am delighted that this improvement scheme, which is already bringing great enjoyment to people, has been recognised by these prestigious awards for its innovative, far-sighted approach to combining good access for recreational use with robust sea defences."


Updated: 23 Mar 2018
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