Meadfoot Beach Chalets

Kay Elliott were commissioned by Torbay Council to design new beach chalets for a stunning setting at Meadfoot Beach. The existing 69 beach huts were in poor condition and needed replacement. The new chalets follow the curving promenade at the foot of the cliff and now number 137 over 2 storeys. The development also includes showers, a beach manager’s office and commercial storage facilities.

The project gained planning permission in 2013 and was delivered as a Design and Build contract with Interserve completing in two phases finally in June 2015. The contract sum was £2m.

The site is exposed in certain conditions and access is very constrained. These factors influenced the design and choice of construction method in precast concrete. The shutter doors, in addition to internal glazed doors, provide additional protection from the elements, screening from neighbouring units and are an important opportunity for colour within the scheme.

The colour scheme is designed to capture the spirit of the Devon seaside, ensuring that there is sufficient individual character for the chalets without detracting from the overall and dramatic sweep of the architecture nestled into the cliff.

The chalets are fitted out simply with robustness in mind which also allows for extended use in colder weather. By almost doubling the lettable capacity and extending the lifespan, the longer term sustainability of the site has been improved at this very popular location.

All Photographs are Copyright of Joakim Boren

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