WORK has started on new beach huts and chalets at Meadfoot, Torquay.
The £1.6million scheme to demolish the single-storey, half century old beach huts and chalets and replace them with a modern complex is underway, following a survey revealing they are beyond economic repair.
Torbay Council has started the demolition which is due for completion by the end of May.
There is currently 100 per cent occupancy with a substantial waiting list for the existing Meadfoot beach huts.
The two-storey complex of 130 new chalets will have an upper tier with private balconies. All will be available for use throughout the year, with electricity supply, kitchen worktop and cupboard.
Phase one of the project sees the demolition of all existing chalets, store rooms and beach manager's office. A second phase could see a possible further development in the area including the toilets and cafe.
The council says the scheme involves a huge logistical challenge of installing pre-cast concrete units in areas with restricted access.