Beach hut resort for Whitley Bay

Hotel News - 31/08/2009

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Twenty-one huts will be built in Whitley Bay, all having direct access to the beach.

Each of the huts will sleep four to six, and feature a separate bedroom, fully-fitted kitchen, a sitting area, bathroom – and 24-hour concierge service as well.

Rental rates for the huts will range from £300 to £450 per week, depending on the season. They will be available for rental during 11 months of the year.

The North Tyneside huts will be called the Dukes Walk Beach Hut Resort, and the project is still subject to planning permission.

An art gallery is also being planned, and would be opened in adjacent vacant space, located behind a café.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based firm Kensiupon-Tyne-based firm Kensington and Partners have designed the resort.

Keith Eland, the lead architect on the project, said: “One of the key design challenges was to provide accommodation for family holidays while maintaining the traditional English beach hut look.”

He went on to say: “We achieved this by combining two units together with a glass break giving maximum internal space but keeping the traditional rhythm associated with a row of beach huts. This gave us space for a large living area, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with all the facilities you would expect in an apart-hotel.”

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