BOURNEMOUTH’S new seaside hub finally opens on Friday, February 10 – and inside it is clear it has been made with an eye firmly on the environment. 

Featuring a green roof and made from sustainably sourced materials, the as-yet unnamed Seaside Environmental Hub at Durley Chine has been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. 

Funded by with £2.4million from the Coastal Communities Fund, the hub’s floor has been made from the recycled wood of an old German shipyard. 

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Old seaside groynes, fresh from the beach as diggers replace them with newer ones, are also used in the new building. 

The hub, run by BCP Council, also has a kiosk that only sells vegetarian and vegan food – although if feedback demands meat, there is flexibility to this.  

It also sells New Forest ice cream, slush puppies and homemade cakes made on site. 

A 64-seat, 17-stoll seating area looks out to impressive views of the beach.  

Bournemouth Echo: Garden roofGarden roof (Image: Daily Echo)

Native species of plants, ones you’d expect to see on the cliff edge, have been planted around and receive sunlight and rainwater from gaps in the roof above the beds. 

Inside and upstairs are two rooms, one seminar room and another larger one designed to host educational sessions about the environment and sustainability. 

To reduce plastic waste on site the kiosk does not sell any products wrapped in single use plastic and instead uses returnable cups.