£150,000 project to refurbish two seafront shelters is completed
PUBLISHED: 16:29 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 24 October 2018
The Manwick and Arwela shelters have been restored to their former glory after suffering significant timber decay, vandalism and weather damage over the years, exacerbated by flooding during tidal surges.
Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said: “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.
“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 the council’s 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 in Sea Road 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.
The shelters are loved by people eating picnics, fish and chips, sitting and reading, or sheltering from the sun or rain but still able to enjoy the sea views.