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Seafront shelters returned to former glory

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 22 October 2018 | Comments

Two shelters at Felixstowe’s iconic seafront are back to their former glory after a £150,000 refurbishment.

The timber shelters required a full refurbishment after suffering significant timber decay, vandalism and weather damage over the years, exacerbated by flooding during tidal surges.

“These well-loved shelters are situated within a prominent location on Felixstowe’s south seafront and play an important role in supporting the tourism economy within the town, “said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development.

“They were in a very poor condition, so it was a key priority for us to carry out the work needed to bring them back to their best. They now look fantastic and I hope that they will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

“This refurbishment ties in with our masterplan to continue to develop Felixstowe. We believe it is vital that we continue to build on this investment to benefit local people and visitors to the area.”

The repair work was carried out by our partners, Suffolk Coastal Norse, who brought the project in on budget at £150,000. It was carefully planned to ensure the historic nature of the shelters were retained and sympathetic to their original character.

The shelters, named Manwick and Arwela, have had rotten wood, glazed screens and panelling replaced as well as new Victorian style benches and new floor tiles throughout.

Repairs have been made to the structural posts and a new protective painting system used. Arwela has also had a new slate roof.