Newcastle-based consultancy Kensington & Partners is designing the interiors for the first development of beach huts, which will open next summer at Whitley Bay.
The huts will sleep four to six people, feature separate bedrooms, fitted kitchens, bathrooms and a 24-hour concierge service. They will resemble ordinary beach huts from the outside, with one hut being modelled to look like two or more.
The company behind the development, Beach Hut Resorts, claims to be ‘in advanced discussions’ with councils and land owners to develop sites across the UK, and is expecting to announce its second deal in two weeks.
‘By then we should have a much more detailed plan of how we are going to work with local design groups, which is something we want to do to put money back into the local community and to ensure that we get a local feel for the interiors at each site,’ says a spokesman for Beach Hut Resorts.
It is also looking to work with local groups for each development, ‘wherever possible’, according to the spokesman.
Many of the sites are ex-industrial land on the outskirts of beach resorts, ‘on bits of land that no one has known what to do with for a long time’, says the spokesman.