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We Are Building A Beach Hut is a design and heritage project which aims to develop and test a prototype beach hut for West Bay, Dunoon, with your help.

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Seasonal beach huts were a common feature of Scottish, seaside towns and villages including Dunoon and Kirn. West Bay, in Dunoon, housed over 20, timber beach huts in the late 1950s. They were used by people running boat and fishing hires.


A decline in tourist numbers to the area, from the 60s onwards, led to the demise of these structures on the shore, and the closure of the businesses they housed. 


With increased numbers of people using West Bay for swimming and recreation, is it time to bring beach huts back to Dunoon?

Maybe, but what are the social and environmental impacts of building a new beach hut?

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Activities that you can take part in to support the beach hut project

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Workshops and opportunities where you can learn about heritage and sustainable design in Dunoon

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Films made by Dunoon based Sure Shot Film that explore heritage, swimming, climate change and the design challenges of building a beach hut on West Bay

Come see us


Community Building Exhibition

July / Aug 2022 / Free

POP Shop / Street Gallery / 28 Hillfoot Street, Dunoon

Learn about what the community thinks about beach huts on West Bay. Featuring the work of local young people from Dunoon Grammar School and illustrator Walter Newton.

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Things we have done to gather information from the community about the heritage, impacts and opportunities for beach huts on West Bay.

Beach hut films

Key Design Challenges

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Thank you to.......


our community including young people from Dunoon Grammar School, people who have taken part in workshops, making films and sharing  ideas.

our partners the Dunoon Area Alliance, Dunoon CARS project and Dunoon Grammar School.

Local contributors:

To build wealth and opportunity in our community, and showcase local talent, we aim to employ Dunoon based people and businesses in projects.

Community engagement and design: Hannah Clinch / Tacit Tacit
Film making and technical support: Mike Blanco / Sure Shot Film
Illustrations: Walter Newton
Archaeology and heritage research: Manda Forster
Traditional skills workshops: Ben Neville / Seed to Sea Woodworks
Editing and copy checking: Mhairi-Claire Semple and Abigail Daly / Ruskin Lane

Graphic Design: Katie Edge Mellor / Own Way

Specialist Advisors:
Dr Steph Connelly /  Infrastructure and environmental engineer / University of Glasgow
Tom Warren / Sustainable construction adviser / Built Environment - Smarter Transformation
Ann Campbell / Dunoon Area Alliance / SURF
Claire Hallybone / Regeneration and heritage / Dunoon CARS Project

Our funders and supporters

Creative Scotland and the ScottishPower Foundation, made possible by the support of the CHARTS network, Evolve and Heritage Horizons projects.

Dunoon CARS project and Scottish Towns Partnership.

Built Environment, Smarter Transformation

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