Beach huts and a café plan to breathe new life into the Ardrossan promenade


A community organization has laid down ambitious plans to breathe new life into an Ayrshire promenade.

Ardrossan Community Development Trust is keen to give the city’s South Beach a traditional British seaside makeover with colorful beach huts and a terrace cafe at the heart of their vision for the area.

The proposed development is part of a larger restoration of waterfront landscaping, according to a planning request submitted to the North Ayrshire Council.

It will consist of renovating and expanding the existing promenade sanitary block to form the aforementioned new cafe, improved public toilets and a kiosk with storage for rental of leisure and beach activities.

Beach cabins would be set up just off the promenade, next to the cafe, with the intention of making them available for hire.

MAST Architects worked with the trust to refine the redevelopment proposals for the existing toilet block.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application states: “The proposed layout aims to open onto the south-facing seafront and a newly renovated promenade with large glazed areas and folding doors .

The raised outdoor seating area is covered to provide additional shelter and expands the cafe area to the outdoors, creating a holistic indoor / outdoor space.



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Colorful beach huts similar to these are planned for the Ardrossan promenade
Colorful beach huts similar to these are planned for the Ardrossan promenade

“Internally, the existing block has been redeveloped into a small cafe with a kitchen prep area and cafe seating.

“At the rear of the existing block there are also two unisex toilets and a fully compliant Changing Places toilet which is accessible from the outside with access accessible from the promenade level.

“The intention is for the washrooms to be accessible to the public, even when the cafe is not open.”

The planning request has been validated and is now pending review by North Ayrshire Council planners.

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