Edwardian gems to return to Whitby

One of the shelters before it was destroyed by a storm.
One of the shelters before it was destroyed by a storm.
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Work will start in the new year to construct two new shelters on the West Cliff to replace the Grade II Listed Edwardian shelters, destroyed in the storms of November last year.

The borough council has been granted listed building consent to replace the structures and has developed a design which will closely replicate the Edwardian shelters.

Cllr Joe Plant, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transformation said: “Many residents and visitors to Whitby were understandably upset by the sight of the ruined shelters at the start of last winter, so I am delighted that we have been able to secure permission and the necessary funds to replace them.

He added: “I’m also very pleased that local expertise will be used to construct them. I look forward to seeing the new Edwardian-style shelters in position on West Cliff next spring.”

Whitby company, Rose Engineering, will carry out the construction of the new shelters off site before craning them into place in time for Easter.

The new shelters will incorporate some of the original salvaged features, including the decorative brackets, cast iron rosettes and timber seating.

They will be further enhanced with replacement ornate ironwork to match the shelters’ original appearance.

The design also includes features, which will increase the shelters’ resistance to damage from future severe weather and the structures will be secured to concrete plinths.

Architects have previously concluded that the original structure of the two shelters failed as the timbers were unable to cope with the windloading.

Original photographs have been provided by residents and history groups to enable the new shelters to be built as closely as possible to the original designs.