Disabled users get special beach huts on Bournemouth seafront

New beach huts for disabled users Wheelchairs fitted with large balloon tyres can be borrowed to be used on the beach

Related Stories

Four new beach huts designed for disabled users have opened on Bournemouth beach.

The Seagull and Windbreak beach huts have replaced five standard beach huts west of Boscombe Pier.

A wooden access trackway enables visitors in wheelchairs to access the beach down to the waterline.

The design was picked by residents after a competition in 2009 and the beach huts can now be hired for use from Bournemouth Borough Council.

Each hut can accommodate up to four wheelchair users and are equipped with chairs, a table, split level work surface, gas stove, lockable cupboards and shared fresh drinking water tap.

They also have high colour contrast surfaces and tactile floor surfaces to assist the visually impaired.

The council is also providing beach-going wheelchairs fitted with large balloon tyres that users can borrow for a refundable deposit.

Peter Francis-Lewis from Brighton based A:B:I:R: architects created the winning design and the DOTS Disability group worked with residents and Push Studies to construct the huts.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset



11 °C 3 °C


  • FridgeCool customer

    The village that has just got its first fridge

  • Lincoln Perkins (in the middle of the image) carried Churchill's coffin with seven other menNear miss

    How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin

  • Josef Mengele in SS uniformThe twins of Auschwitz

    How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings

  • Alok'Red market'

    The desperate patients in India turning to illegal blood donors

  • Bank House, 27 King Street, LeedsIn pictures

    Some of the office buildings new to the National Heritage List

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.