Lowestoft's new Eastern Edge beach huts officially opened as part of plans to regenerate the town
A set of 72 new beach huts have been officially opened in Lowestoft as part of plans to enhance the town.
The beach huts, known as Eastern Edge, have been built on the site of the former Jubilee Terrace huts on Lowestoft's seafront.
They were officially opened in a ceremony attended by Waveney MP Peter Aldous, as well as representatives from East Suffolk Council, today.
Craig Rivett, East Suffolk's deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development, said: "I am delighted to see these bold new beach huts officially open and available to use, ready for the summer season.
"Thanks to ambitious plans to regenerate the town, Lowestoft is gaining national recognition as a visitor destination and even more people are discovering all that the town has to offer, including our award-winning South Beach, the recently refurbished East Point Pavilion and now Eastern Edge.
"All of these projects, as well as other major redevelopments planned for the town centre, will help to really put Lowestoft on the map, encouraging more people to spend time here, while also creating a thriving place to live for local communities."
Designed by Norwich-based architects Chaplin Farrant, the new huts are positioned on two levels and face partially south to ensure maximum sunshine throughout the day.
Meanwhile, the tips of the structures face eastwards, reflecting Lowestoft's position as the most easterly location in the country.
Work on Eastern Edge began in September of last year, with the huts manufactured by Lowestoft-based PJ Spillings, and the platform, hut installation and ancillary works undertaken by M S Oakes, also from the town.
Half of the huts are available to hire on a weekly basis through a dedicated booking website, and 10 of the huts have been designed with accessibility in mind.
These are located on the lower tier and are accessed directly from the promenade.
Some of the huts can be linked together for those needing a larger accessible space, and they can be hired by community groups, schools, for team activities or corporate use.
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Meanwhile, some of the huts are still available for sale and enquiries can be made to Paul Hubbard Estate Agents by calling 01502 531218 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny Steel, company director and head of commercial property management at Steel & Co, said: “The Eastern Edge huts are bold, truly unique and something for our town to be proud of.
"Lowestoft’s South Beach is one of the best around and purchasing or hiring one of these new huts is the perfect way to enjoy it.”
Plans are also currently underway for community activities to take place at Eastern Edge later this year.
Today's official opening ceremony was also attended by Paul Hubbard Estate Agents, Steel & Co, MS Oakes, PJ Spillings and Chaplin Farrant.
Following the formal opening, details of special weekly hire promotions can be found on the hut booking website www.hirebeachhuts.co.uk.