Mobility specialist, Cornwall Mobility, has launched a new sandchair, designed in collaboration with Falmouth University and built in its own workshops.
The special chairs, which grant beach access for people with limited mobilities, are now undergoing user testing across Cornwall’s beaches.
While the chairs are currently for hire on beaches, the organisation noted that if the chairs can be designed and manufactured sustainably in Cornwall then there is potential commercial opportunity.
“What we wanted to achieve and focus on is a piece of equipment that doesn’t look like disability equipment, we wanted it to look like something that belongs in that environment,” CEO Simon Blamley told AMP.
“We put it together in our workshop and the materials were cut locally. It’s all been designed and made in Cornwall, which is great, rather than being imported from America as is usually the case.”
Nine units have now rolled out of the workshop and following user testing Cornwall Mobility expects to make changes to the chairs, for example, it would like to make them lighter.
Rather than a hire cost, beach operators using the chairs will ask for a donation, which will then be used to cover the costs of services and repairs throughout the winter months.