National Trust: Case Study

The Brownsea Island Ferry terminal at Sandbanks

An Otter observation Hide at Studland

A Studland Beach Hut

Studland Beach Hut

Beach Hut

Ticket office at Hardys House

Beach Hut with decking

National Trust

Over the last 15 years the National Trust at Studland has been a big part of Poultons’ winter work.

Beach Huts

This has included a number of beach huts we have replaced in many challenging positions across the site, all with the same specification; a heavy duty frame work, ex 19 x 125 Shiplap Tongue and Groove with an oil based treatment and some with Onduline roofs. Many of them have an up and over shutter with different doors and window configurations.

Over the years, Poultons have looked at ways to improve the products, and now every building produced gets Framed Ledged Braced doors and a heavy duty “GateMate” lock as standard, to withstand the coastal weather.

Other Projects

Poultons have also undertaken many different projects for the National Trust at Studland and other locations.

We have made:

  • two ticket offices
  • an Information Hut
  • a Catering Hut
  • an Ice Cream Retail Unit
    and most recently
  • a Otter Hide.

Other locations and projects include:

  • a ticket office at Hardys Cottage
  • a Ticket Offices at Holt
  • an Information Hut at Burton Bradstock
  • a Store/Bin Store and Waiting Shelter for the Ferry Terminal at Sandbanks for the Brownsea Island Ferry

When undertaking building projects for the National Trust, it is important that they blend in to their surroundings. Therefore, Poultons go to great trouble to ensure that the materials used, and the design and style of the building, help to achieve this.


 “At Studland beach we have nearly 300 beach huts of which 65 are owned by the National Trust for rental. Approximately 10 years ago we were looking to undergo a replacement of 5 huts annually to improve the longevity of the hut stock. Poultons were able to work with our beach hut specifications to a high standard and fit in with the operational needs of a busy site.
During further commercial development work at Studland Poultons have some made bespoke units for us including an Ice cream hut, catering unit and reception hut. These have all been delivered on time, with good functionality and blend into the seaside location.”
– Emma Wright Operations Manager – Studland

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