THE THE TOWNS THEY ARE THEY A CHANGIN' CHANGIN' A
Affordable homes, award-winning markets, thriving theatres and offices for local firms - just some of the things bringing people back into our towns
SETTING SAIL The final piece of Shoreham's flood defence jigsaw starts to take shape at Sussex Yacht Club
HERE TO WOW US!
Largest observation wheel in the south starts to rise to the skies on the seafront
WELCOME An introduction from Brian Boggis and Kevin Jenkins.
ON THE COVER: THE FUTURE OF TOWN CENTRES
GIGABIT Ultra-fast broadband technology comes to Adur and Worthing.
A Q&A WITH AWC'S MARTIN RANDALL The Director for the Economy on the future of our town centres and what the Council's are doing to support a strong, long-term infrastructure.
TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENTS A cause for optimism; Improvements to Adur and Worthing town centres.
BOXPARK SHOREHAM Lease confirmed for the landmark community cafe destination down by the beach in Shoreham.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON WOW: OBSERVATION WHEEL PAGE 11
TEVILLE GATE Great news for Worthing as new HMRC offices offices are announced to bring over 900 jobs to Worthing.
FOCUS HOUSE Counting down to the opening of Focus House, the newly developed office block on the former civic centre car park.
ADUR CIVIC CENTRE Call for developers to breathe life back into the old Civic Centre site.
SPORTS CENTRE, DURRINGTON Plans to create a brand new state-of-the-art sports facility to replace Worthing Leisure Centre have been revealed.
YACHT CLUB Work beins on multi-million pound revamp of Shoreham Yacht Club.
BIG STEP FORWARD FOR BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT, BISTROT PIERRE
HEALTH HUB An update on progress to create a new health hub in the heart of Worthing.
FREE WHARF Southern Housing Group has appointed national developer to deliver hundreds ofÂ waterside homes in Shoreham Harbour.
TIDAL WALLS Officially open - working in partnership to protect residents and businesses in Shoreham from the risk of flooding.
ADUR: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
WORTHING: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
BUILDINGAW IS PRODUCED BY THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT ADUR & WORTHING COUNCILS TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS ON THEIR DOORSTEPS
WELCOME A welcome from Brian Boggis, Adur's Exec Member for Regeneration
he fate of town centres has been a very high profile news item for some years following the advent, first of out-of-town shopping malls and, more recently, of the growth of online retailing.
While in other areas of the UK these beating heartbeats of communities have shrunk, here in Adur we have taken great care to invest in our two strategic 'Town Centres' of Shoreham and Lancing. Those of you with long memories of the area will know that some 10 to 15 years ago, both were shabby and run down and in need of some extensive TLC to make them attractive places for people to visit. Thanks to investment in infrastructure improvements like the footbridge and the pedestrianisation of East Street, with the support of the traders, Shoreham has become a thriving community hub with a sound night time economy. We are now turning our attention to Lancing. Already visitors may have noticed improvements to the high street with new planters among the additions. The real improvements, kick started by the new development in South Street, are the high profile Brighton & Hove Albion training ground and the renaissance of the lovely artdeco Luxor Cinema. With the support of the newly formed Lancing Traders Association, the Council has submitted a bid to the Government for significant sums to implement the structural improvements necessary to make Lancing a real “destination” for shoppers and those seeking an evening out that’s closer to home.
A welcome from Kevin Jenkins, Worthing's Exec Member for Regeneration
ove it or hate it, change is coming. If Worthing is to stay on top of the wave we must be willing to meet this change and plan for the future.
We all know the trends and pressures that towns across the country are under. High streets with solely a retail offer are facing stark challenges and contraction as our behaviours change. Consumers too are demanding more than just a traditional shopping experience from their town centres. Our towns of 2030 will be fundamentally different to the ones that we see today. It will offer a mix of leisure, entertainment and retail. It will be a place to dwell, spend time with friends and family, and relax. We need to reinvent Worthing to create a living, breathing town with vitality that offers something to everyone. A visitor experience and a retail experience. Already we are making those changes with a planned £12 million growth plan in our town centre that will help to revitalise our streets. Improvements in our parking and transport provision are apace while investment in gigabit technology is already being delivered. We are seeing the development of homes back into our town centres, which will bring life back to the heart of the town and the evening economy. The planned developments at Station Square and the relocation of HMRC back into our town centre is a welcome boost to those plans. Combined, it will bring more than 1,000 jobs and nearly 400 homes. The addition of the Worthing Observation Wheel will also bring muchneeded footfall. As a town and a community we need to embrace, accept and plan for these changes as standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. page | 03
A NEW DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
he gigabit revolution is underway in Adur and Worthing as work to install the fastest and most reliable broadband rolls on.
With the ambition to ensure that our communities are well-placed to capitalise on new technology, Adur & Worthing Councils are ensuring that the next generation of digital infrastructure is in place. The project is being delivered through close collaboration between Adur & Worthing Councils and West Sussex County Council, supported by funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The first stage is well underway with public buildings in the process of being connected by CityFibre to the new network. This will deliver unlimited internet speeds in excess of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) to libraries, children's centres, theatres and other public buildings.
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The network is being built, owned and operated by CityFibre, the UK's leading provider of wholesale full fibre infrastructure. At the same time DCMS is also offering financial support to small and medium sized companies, including sole traders, to the network. The gigabit voucher scheme gives firms up to ÂŁ2,500 off the cost of connecting their workplaces to gigabit broadband. CityFibre has also recently confirmed that Adur and Worthing are included in the firm's wider ÂŁ2.5 billion plan which has the ambition of bringing the fastest, most reliable connectivity to five million homes across the UK. The cutting-edge technology will ensure that the services and daily business of the county's councils will be able to be more resilient, reliable and at less risk of delay or disruption caused by poor or limited connectivity.
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ON THE COVER
THE CHANGING FACE OF OUR TOWN CENTRES Across the UK, town and city centres are in decline with a shift in consumer habits seeing traditional retailers struggle to compete. The south coast has not escaped the impact of this nationwide trend. But there's optimism for the future. Martin Randall, the Councilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Director for the Economy, reveals how new developments can transform the fortunes of our town centres.
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A winning combination of seafront and town centre will help secure the town centres
"TOWN CENTRES NEED TO HUM WITH LIFE..."
own centres brimming with new life and a winning mix of shopping, restaurants and culture is the goal of the team leading Adur & Worthing Councilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to revitalise these important assets.
Across the UK - and indeed throughout the world - town and city centres are facing challenges with a decline of traditional retail and the South Coast is no different. But today Martin Randall, the Councilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Director for the Economy spells out his optimism for the future and reveals a string of developments which he believes will help transform the fortunes of the centres. He tells BuildingAW he wants to help:
Build more homes to bring hundreds more residents into the centres breathing new life into the areas. Continue to support and develop cultural life in the centres giving people more reason to visit. Encourage town centre jobs by supporting the creation of cutting edge office space. Continue to do all he can to support and encourage independent retailers while backing national chains. Support efforts to bring in high speed public WiFi in the centres to increase connectivity. page | 06
In the interview Randall points out there are currently scores of projects either about to begin or in the pipeline which are creating homes and work spaces. These are bringing people back into the centres after decades in which residents across the UK drifted away. He said: "I think what you will see is more and more
people choosing to live in the centre, right next to the sea in a place that is connected and accessible, where a walk can take you to buy a loaf of bread or a theatre ticket." "I think town centres need to hum with life and that life wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only be about retail ... our cultural offerings, theatre, music and the rest will go from strength to strength and our restaurants, bars and coffee shops will be thriving." He admits that all town centres are currently in transition as some retail switches online but says that the location of our centres gives him great hope. He said: "If you look at the fantastic locations we have,
sandwiched between the Downs and the sea, you can see that these are still places people want to come to either to live or to visit. That gives me great comfort and if you look at the efforts Councils and the community make to keep our seafronts smart and enticing, that is a big part of our the offer. The seafronts and town centres must work in tandem, they must be a winning combination." Among the developments Randall highlights are the Ham Road car park development in Shoreham which will soon be home to 450 workers at Focus Group in
state-of-the-art offices built on land owned by Adur District Council. He points to a similar move by HMRC into the former Teville Gate House building in Worthing with 800 workers moving back into the town centre. Meanwhile homes are planned for the former Adur Civic Centre site which is just five minutes walk from the station and Lancing’s Luxor cinema, with its iconic facade preserved, has been converted into 12 flats.
"THE SEAFRONTS AND TOWN CENTRES MUST WORK IN TANDEM, THEY MUST BE A WINNING COMBINATION" In Worthing, permission has been granted to St Clair Developments to create 45 flats above a newlyrevamped Beales department store, ensuring the retailer remains committed to the town for years to come. Randall said: “I know there is concern about city and
town centres at present and many are going through tough times but the key is to have a plan in place to transition and we certainly have that.” Martin Randall (left) pictured with Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, at Focus House
"REINVENT TO SURVIVE" New government reports highlight need for high streets to focus on becoming unique community spaces offering more than just shopping. Shopping can no longer be the sole reason for people to visit a UK town centre which need a reinvention to survive, says a leading retail expert. Bill Grimsey, the author of a two independent reports on the future of the High Street, believes they must instead become community hubs that include housing, offices and some shops. He was guest speaker at a conference in Shoreham’s Ropetackle Arts Centre last month organised by Waves Ahead, an organisation bringing together public, private and community sectors to debate the big issues of the day. Grimsey believes there is already too much retail space in the UK and town centres need to be “repopulated and refashioned” with libraries and public spaces at the heart of each community. His second review last year argues that greater devolution and strong local leadership is needed to give high streets a renewed sense of purpose and identity. Among the review’s 25 recommendations are calls to replace business rates, create a Town Centre Commission to develop a 20-year strategy for local high streets, and accelerate digital transformation in smaller towns. Other recommendations include the appointment of 'high-quality' designers to celebrate the historic character and local identity of town centres, 30 minutes’ free parking in high streets with no paid extension option, improved street lighting, and free public WiFi. Grimsey said: “Our cities, towns and communities are
facing their greatest challenge in history, which is how to remain relevant, and economically and socially viable in the 21st century. Towns must stop trying to compete with out-of-town shopping parks that are convenient and with free parking." “They must create their own unique reason for communities to gather there – being interesting and engaging and altogether a compelling and great experience.” Local Government Association economy spokesman Martin Tett says: “Many councils throughout the country
are already leading the way in transforming the future potential of their town centres in the face of unprecedented changes in shopping habits and the retail landscape." Grimsey was a senior management figure for 45 years in the forefront of retailing at store giants, which include Tesco, Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY. page | 07
Q&A WITH... BuildingAW magazine, speaks to Martin Randall, Director of the Economy at Adur & Worthing Councils about the future of our town centres... BuildingAW: Can you give us a brief outline of your role and responsibility in relation to our town centres? MR: As Director for the Economy at Adur & Worthing Councils one of my roles is to support the development and growth of the local area, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through developing our major projects or supporting our aspiration for a diverse cultural offer that attracts more visitors. A key part of this is working with residents and businesses to ensure that we provide the right support, the right investment and direct our resources in the right direction so that our communities prosper. We know from speaking to people from across Adur and Worthing that town centres are spaces which our residents value tremendously. We also know that they are areas which are starting to change in character and appearance. So it is up to us to really focus on the wishes and wants of our local communities to ensure that our town centres develop and thrive. BAW: How would you assess the health of our town centres at present? What is doing well and what is struggling? MR: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say that the issue of the future of town centres is a hot topic across the UK at the moment. The development of our-of-town shopping centres contributed to that and the growth of online retailers has seen some of the biggest names which dominated British high streets disappear overnight.
"OUR JOB AS A LOCAL AUTHORITY TO LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE WANT AND WORK TO DELIVER IT" Unlike other areas we have so far managed to keep our anchor department stores in the town centre, parking remains affordable compared to other towns and cities in the region and we have a thriving culture offer which is giving people a reason to come and spend money in the town on most nights of the week. Our challenge now is to make sure we work with businesses and residents to build on these foundations so that our town centres are places that people want to visit time and again; where they feel safe and welcome and where there are plenty of activities and interest to suit people of all ages. BAW: The Waves Ahead conference focussed on the future of the high street. Guest speaker Bill Grimsey says we should stop relying on retail to prop up high streets and predicts 100,000 units could be lost across the UK in the next ten years. Do you agree? MR: There is no doubt that what Bill Grimsey said at the conference in Shoreham certainly gave people in the room lots of food for thought. It is undeniably true that there has been a decline of high street retail across UK towns in recent years. page | 08
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The Colonnade House team
TOWN CENTRES The conversion of a vacant building into the Colonnade House creative hub has provided a vibrant arts space for artists and makers to display and create their work [Worthing] Creation of a new office block on the former Adur Civic car park for a growing local firm The Focus Group. It will see 250 jobs retained in the district with potential for another 200 to be created [Shoreham] Planning approval has been granted to St Clair Developments to create 45 flats above newly-refurbished retail space for Beales. This secures the immediate future of the department store in the town and create units for independent traders. [Worthing] Adur District Council are working with West Sussex County Council to demolish a former care home in Pond Road to create new health, library and community facilities in the town centre [Shoreham] Development of a major new health hub to provide NHS services from a single site on the current civic centre to make best use of publicly-owned land [Worthing]
From L-R: Public Realm plans; Fresh produce at Lancing Market, part of the new Adur Markets brand; Luxor Cinema
TRANSFORMED TRANSFORMED : Plans for a private development of 378 homes, a gym, hotel, supermarket and retail / cafe space have been submitted for the vacant Teville Gate site which links the town centre with the railway station [Worthing] Work is underway on the creation of 540 new homes and flood defences on a former brownfield site known as Free Wharf. The site is a short walk to the town centre and train station [Shoreham] The demolition of a vacant Teville Gate House office block, adjacent to the railway station, will see it replaced with a new building for HMRC, bringing hundreds of jobs back into the town centre [Worthing] Working with businesses to install new planters in the high street, bringing added colour and vitality to the wider area [Lancing] WOW - the largest observation wheel in the south - is coming to Worthing seafront, providing a regional visitor attraction which will bring thousands to the town [Worthing]]
AT A GLANCE GUIDE
The creation of a new footbridge in Shoreham linking the town centre and the beach has supported an increase of pedestrian and cycle journeys while supporting a wider transformation of the Ferry Road area of Shoreham Beach. [Shoreham] Up to £5 million has been allocated to transform two town centre streets with the first proposal seeing the pedestrianisation of Portland Road, which is home to a number of independent traders [Worthing] Plans to create new homes and leisure facilities on the out-dated Grafton multi-storey car park will bring added vibrancy to the town’s main shopping street [Worthing] Relaunch and growth of awardwinning Adur Markets which attracts thousands of people every Saturday [Shoreham / Lancing] Creation of a new Lancing Traders Association, giving businesses a collective voice to bring about improvements to the village centre [Lancing]
Completion of the Adur Tidal Walls project, a major £45 million scheme which reduces the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses while unlocking millions of pounds of investment in to the town [Shoreham] Renovation of the Luxor, the prominent Art Deco former cinema, into flats and retail [Lancing] Creation of the first new council houses in Adur for 30 years at Cecil Norris House, a location which is a couple of minutes walk from the train station and town centre [Shoreham] Worthing Borough Council has entered into an agreement with a major developer LCR on creating a mixed use scheme which could include a cinema extension on a prominent town centre site known as Union Place [Worthing] Marketing of the former Adur Civic Centre site to developers with the potential for creating a mixed-use development including homes and retail [Shoreham] page | 09
Q&A with Martin Randall, continued from page 08 MR: Our challenge now is to take some of those messages that Bill Grimsey delivered and look at how we can apply them to our local areas as the things that will work well in one location may require a different approach elsewhere.
BAW: You mention bringing in jobs and residents back into the centres but what infrastructure is needed to support them? What will they do when they get there?
The focus should be firmly on making places that people want to spend time in. This should include the first impression of a clean well-managed town centre, ease of parking and clear information to help people navigate around.
MR: As anyone who lives here knows, having the South Downs to the north and the sea to the south is one of our biggest strengths and one of the biggest challenges. It means that our built up areas have relatively high densities which in turn means there are many competing interests for the available land we have.
This is really important. We have miles of beautiful seafront which is a tremendous asset but we must do everything we can to keep it looking smart. A lot of work goes into making sure it looks fantastic for the season. I know because I chair the committee that looks at the maintenance work that needs to be done over the winter, repainting benches, making sure lighting is fine, signs are in place and concessions are of a high standard. And of course many community groups do their bit too, for which we are extremely grateful. BAW: What is the policy of Adur & Worthing Councils towards the High Street and what is it aiming to achieve?
Through our wider planning policy we have recently adopted the Adur Local Plan which successfully balances these competing needs for homes, work space and recreational activities, as well as recognising the value that our town centres have to offer. Work on Worthing Local Plan is also well underway with the same themes present. We have also stepped up our efforts to encourage the use of sustainable transport. We are working with West Sussex County Council to invest millions in the public realm of the town centre to create spaces which encourage people to cycle and walk.
MR: I think the ultimate aim of anyone who has a role in promoting and curating town centres is to get people to want to come to them in the first place. It may be for work, it may be because that’s where they live, or it may be because they want to spend their free time there. In the past, the conversations around encouraging people to come to the town centre were focussed on issues like parking prices and business rates. Those topics are still relevant but there are now other factors to think about too, such as demand for housing, culture, restaurants and cafes, office space, public WiFi and great public spaces. It’s our job as a local authority to listen to what people want and work to deliver it. We cannot do this alone - it will be a partnership with business and our local communities. There will of course always be a place for retail and our local shops need to know that we are on their side and ready to offer our support. BAW: Can you give some examples of what you are doing to breathe life into the centres? MR: As I have mentioned before there is not a one size fits all approach to our town centres. But crucial to bringing about any form of regeneration of change are investment, ideas and impetus. For instance, in Shoreham we have seen an ongoing transformation over the last decade or so. The pedestrianisation has helped cafes and restaurants to spring up. We use that attractive public area to hold award-winning markets on two weekends every month. They may be small things but they have opened up people’s eyes to what the town has to offer. We have seen a major investment from public and private partners, such as West Sussex County Council and Sustrans to build a new footbridge linking the beach with the town; the Environment Agency led Adur Tidal Walls project which has reduced the flood risk in the area; and new development is bringing hundreds of new homes and retail space at either end of the town centre. page | 10
Infrastructure is increasingly about more than getting from A to B though. As Councils we have been ahead of the curve and at the forefront of working with leading firm CityFibre to bring ultrafast gigabit broadband to our communities. BAW: Could you give us an idea of what our town centres will look like in ten years time? MR: I hope that in ten years or so the town centres will remain places which local people feel proud of and which attract visitors. Of course they will be different than they are now. Look back a decade and you’ll see things are always changing. I think what you will see is more and more people choosing to live in the centre, right next to the sea in a place that is connected and accessible, where a walk can take you to buy a loaf of bread or a theatre ticket. I think town centres need to hum with life and that life won’t only be about retail even though I do believe independent traders will thrive and some national brands will still be here. We don’t want our town centres to go quiet at 6pm and that is why I think repopulating them - as we are clearly doing will help. I really believe our cultural offerings, theatre, music and the rest will go from strength to strength and our restaurants, bars and coffee shops will be thriving. These are great places to live and if we get the infrastructure right they will be brilliant places to spend time. Our job is to build it and they will come!
WOW! ICONIC ATTRACTION ROLLING IN TO TOWN
Above: The 2018 Observation Wheel in Worthing's Steyne Gardens
ork on bringing the WOW to Worthing seafront is underway as teams have begun to construct the biggest big wheel on the south coast.
Contractors have fenced off the area on the beach and promenade at the bottom of Montague Place as they drive foundations into the ground to support the 46-metre high Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW). The foundation piles are to support a temporary base ready for the erection of the wheel ahead of opening in July. Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This is
great news. I really will enjoy watching the WOW rise into the sky to become an iconic landmark on our ever-improving seafront. I’m sure visitors and residents alike will enjoy the WOW for years to come.”
The company, a specialist in leisure attractions, ran the successful Steyne Gardens wheel last year which attracted 10,000 visitors a month.
"AN ICONIC LANDMARK ON OUR EVER-IMPROVING SEAFRONT" At a height of 46 metres, the equivalent of nine double decker buses, the WOW will give unparalleled views of the town, Downs and the Channel. There will be a total of 36 pods with a capacity of 6 people each. Worthing Borough Council has incurred minimal costs for setting up the WOW deal with de Koning paying for all construction and operating costs as well as assuming all trading risk.
Worthing Borough Council has entered a three-year lease arrangement with de Koning Leisure Ltd. This will see the WOW operate for a six to nine month period between April and October each year before being dismantled for the winter.
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BIG BEACH BOX
Lease confirmed for landmark community destination in Shoreham nternationally-renowned development company Boxpark has signed a lease to create a landmark seafront dining destination and community cafe on Shoreham Beach.
The Brighton-based firm - who are behind acclaimed casual dining and retail developments in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley - have struck an agreement with Adur District Council to create the Big Beach Box on the site of a run-down toilet block. Boxpark are intending to collaborate with Brighton local Dan Stockland to bring the great food and relaxed vibes of the award-winning Big Beach Cafe brand to Shoreham and create a multi purpose restaurant/cafe hub centred around supporting local community groups.
“We're incredibly excited to be working with Adur District Council on this new development"
Shoreham Big Beach Box will also provide a roof terrace, changing rooms, community space and a centre for water sports, and will work with local partners to showcase the best of the region's talent in a vibrant programme of events, workshops and talks at the site. Roger Wade, CEO and Founder of Boxpark, said:
“We're incredibly excited to be working with Adur District Council on this new development." “As a Brighton local myself, I have cycled past the run-down toilet block many times and see a lot of potential in the site for a new community hub in Shoreham." “The Big Beach Box would become a favourite among locals whilst also attracting visitors to the world-class beachfront destination.” The Council entered into a preferred development agreement with Boxpark for the site in Beach Green in 2017. With the lease now signed, Boxpark will be working with the community to draw up detailed plans for the site with the aim of submitting a planning application later this year.
Below: Artist's impression of the Big Beach Box cafe, Shoreham
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TEVILLE GATE HOUSE
New offices for HMRC to bring over 900 jobs to Worthing
undreds of jobs will be provided from a brand new office block close to Worthing train station after HM Revenues & Customs committed its future to the town. A new five storey development is set to replace the existing Teville Gate House building and could accommodate around 900 full time equivalent employees by 2021. The existing derelict premises at Teville Gate House will be demolished to make way for the new development. HMRC was previously located at Teville Gate House but consolidated in to other local offices when it closed in April 2010. HMRC expects the new office space to be ready to move in by March 2021. Worthing will be one of five specialist sites located across the UK. Steven Boyd, HMRC’s Estates Director, said: “When it is
built, Teville Gate House will bring together around 900 colleagues from our existing offices in Durrington into modern, high-quality accommodation. They will benefit from collaborative work spaces with great digital tools helping them to do a great job for the taxpayer.” Teville Gate House was chosen as the preferred location for Worthing’s Specialist Site as it meets HMRC’s future needs and location principles, including being located opposite the train station and close to other transport links and local amenities. Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said: "The
announcement that HMRC will be bringing hundreds of jobs to the centre of Worthing is a massive vote of confidence in the town.” It comes as plans for the neighbouring Teville Gate, known as Station Square, pictured left, have been brought forward by Mosaic, the private owner of the brownfield site. The proposal is for up to 378 residential units - 31% of which will be affordable (exceeding the Council’s target of 30%); an 83 bedroom hotel, foodstore, gym and retail, restaurant and café uses. More than 300 parking spaces will also be provided alongside 352 cycle parking spaces and new attractive public areas. Plans have been afoot for more than a decade to redevelop this prominent privately-owned site, which links Worthing Station with the town centre. To speed up the process, the Council agreed demolition plans of the car park it held the lease on in September 2017 with the work completed by autumn 2018. page | 13
he countdown is on to the opening of the new Adur District Council-funded office block which will generate a return to the local authority while bringing hundreds of jobs to the heart of Shoreham.
In a pioneering move which will bring noticeable benefits to the local economy, the local authority has created a new £9.5 million contemporary development on the former Civic Centre car park in Ham Road. It will then lease the four-storey building to growing communications company Focus Group, allowing it to relocate from its current base in Southwick. The firm expects the move to allow it to create a further 200 jobs. The development is one of a number proposed for Shoreham town centre which will see hundreds of new homes, along with work space and improved riverside routes for pedestrians and cyclists created along the western harbour arm. With the bulk of the work on the new office block now complete, Council leaders joined representatives from Focus and the project team for a tour around the striking new building. Pictured: Focus House in development
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Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “I'm totally staggered at the quality of
this new landmark building for Shoreham which has sprung up in just a matter of months.” “Very soon the transformation of an ugly tarmac strip for council workers cars into a head office for a growing national company will be complete.” “This is a prime example of how as a local authority we can use our assets for the greater good." "The new building itself not only generates an income for the taxpayer but also creates jobs for local residents and generating business for local traders.” “The project team involved in this construction have done an excellent job and I look forward to the work being completed in just a few weeks.” The development will bring back into use the former car park site which has been largely vacant since the Civic Centre closed in 2013. Work started on site a year ago and since then teams have created a striking brick and bronze cladded building. Inside, the open plan office will have a contemporary feel, with top-of-the-range internet connections and a roof terrace just some of the perks for workers. The project, which has been supported by £1.8 million of funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and is being overseen by Willmott Dixon, was completed at the end of April.
CALL FOR DEVELOPERS AT ADUR CIVIC CENTRE SITE Plans to redevelop a prime piece of Shoreham real estate are moving forward with would-be developers submitting bids for the former Adur Civic Centre site. Occupying a prominent spot on the coast road and situated less than 500 yards from the station, the land used to be occupied by a three storey town hall building. Adur District Council staff moved out of the Civic Centre building in Brighton Road in 2013 and contractors have since cleared the 1.5 acre site.
Above: Adur councillors joined Focus Group and contractors at the groundbreaking for the new office block on the former Civic Centre car park site
A marketing exercise to find a development partner took place earlier this year with the Council suggesting the land offers potential for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant mixed use scheme comprising residential and commercial usesâ&#x20AC;?. This could include homes, a hotel and GP surgery. Any scheme will look at ensuring there is a return in revenue for the local taxpayer. Interest in partnering with the Council has been high with a number of bids now being assessed. An update on which proposals will be looked at in more detail is due in the coming months.
Above: Cllr Brian Boggis, Russell Miller (of Willmott Dixon), Cllr Neil Parkin and Cllr Carol Albury during a tour of the new office block in Shoreham, pictured below, during construction
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lans to create a brand new state-ofthe-art sports facility to replace Worthing Leisure Centre have been revealed.
The new centre would be built on the same Shaftesbury Avenue site in West Worthing. The current structure is nearing the end of its life and becoming increasingly expensive to maintain. Councillors have now recommended funding a development masterplan to bring together a range of options for the site which might include housing to help fund the leisure centre. The centre would host swimming pools, sports hall, community facilities, creche and a cafe. The new centre would be built in another part of the grounds so that the existing centre can remain open in the interim ensuring sports facilities are available during development. If a suitable plan can be developed it is hoped building on the new centre could begin at the end of next year with an opening in the second half of 2021.
"IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES STAY ACTIVE AND HEALTHY" Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said: "It’s important that we do everything
we can to help our communities stay active and healthy." "A key part of that is ensuring that we have the modern facilities and infrastructure."
I look forward to working with partners and residents to develop these plans further in the coming months.” Worthing Leisure Centre is one of the sports and leisure facilities owned by the borough council but which are operated by South Downs Leisure, a charitable trust.
MASTERPLANNING AN IMPRESSIVE NEW SPORT FACILITY FOR WORTHING Pictured: The current Worthing Leisure Centre
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THE YACHT CLUB REVAMP SET TO BRING BENEFITS ACROSS SHOREHAM TOWN
ulti-million pound plans to revamp a Shoreham yacht club and open up the riverside to the public is underway.
With progress to transform River Adur's Western Harbour Arm moving forward at great pace, Sussex Yacht Club (SYC) has started work on creating a new premises in Brighton Road. The new clubhouse - which is just 14 metres from the current HQ - will unlock a wider transformation of the site which will deliver benefits across the town. In recent years, Adur District Council has been driving forward a renaissance of Shoreham Harbour, transforming vacant industrial units into new homes and workspaces and creating an expansive waterfront promenade.
To reduce the risk of flooding to the town and encourage private investment in the area, the Council struck a deal - with the local authority buying some of the yacht club land and the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse. The approved proposal will see the current building demolished. The site will then be reconfigured, with the yacht club creating a new headquarters. A car park and workshops will be built at the western end. Once the new building is finished, the Council will build new flood defences along with a new cycle and pedestrian route.
At the same time, the Environment Agency has been installing more than seven kilometres of tidal wall defences on the River Adur, reducing the risk of flooding to thousands of residential and business properties in Shoreham and Lancing. However, one of the obstacles in delivering this has been the SYC site, which is regarded as a key weakness. Above: Adur DC leader Cllr Neil Parkin, left, at the groundbreaking Pictured: Shoreham Yacht Club
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Pictured above L-R: Project lead Tim Kempster, AWC's Head of Major Projects & Investment Cian Cronin, WBC leader Cllr Dan Humphreys and AWC's Project Manager Phil Graham
COUNCIL LEADS NEW PROJECT FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND HEALTH HUB - IN A CAR PARK!
lans to create a new multi-million pound health hub in the heart of Worthing continue to progress with plans set to be made public in the coming months.
Worthing Borough Council is taking the lead on the project which aims to bring together a range of NHS services within a single new building on the current civic centre car park in Stoke Abbott Road. The aim of bringing a range of healthcare professionals together on one site is to make best use of public land while improving the quality of care and facilities for patients and staff. While work continues behind the scenes to bring forward a detailed proposal, surveyors employed by the Council were recently on site making detailed assessments. Discussions around the design of the building are
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also underway. The Council hopeful that a planning application could be submitted later this year. Councillor Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“This is an excellent example of how the Council is using its resources and excellent relationships with health sector partners to invest in our town.” “Worthing needs new, modern and accessible health facilities that are large enough to cater for our growing population while ensuring residents receive the best possible public services for many years to come.” The 1.5 hectare site on the corner of Stoke Abbott Road and Christchurch Road is currently used for parking by town hall staff. Consultation with partners and affected groups could take place this summer. If planning approval is granted, work could start on site in 2020.
Waterside homes for a new generation
lans to create more than 500 new waterside homes in Shoreham Harbour have taken a big step forward.
Southern Housing Group has appointed national developer Wates Residential to commence work on a £24 million investment programme to create new flood defences at Free Wharf. The enabling works, which is part funded by £10 million from Homes England, started on the redundant site in Brighton Road this spring.
"EVERYONE DESERVES A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE" When complete, it will support the creation of a new development of 540 new homes, as well as the creation of new riverside pedestrian and cycling routes.
Oliver Boundy, Southern Housing’s Group Development Director said: “We are proud to be
playing its part in the provision of much needed new homes in this regeneration area.”
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director for Wates Residential, said: “This work will pave the way for
much-needed new homes for local people in Shoreham and breathe new life into the waterfront for generations to come. It is our belief that everyone deserves a great place to live." Southern Housing Group acquired the former Minelco site in June 2015 and was granted planning permission in June 2018. The work to the river wall will take approximately nine months to complete with the main redevelopment programme to create the homes in early 2020. Next door to the Free Wharf site, construction continues on creating 132 flats with retail at the former Parcelforce depot in Brighton Road
Below: Shoreham Harbour's waterside homes in development on the former Parcelforce site
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PROTECING HOMES & BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT SHOREHAM - ADUR TIDAL WALLS SCHEME OFFICIALLY OPENS
Above: View of Shoreham town centre across the River Adur
ore than seven kilometres of new river and sea defences helping keep the community of Shoreham safe from flooding from storms and rising sea levels have been officially opened.
The new £45 million Adur Tidal Walls scheme will better protect over 2,300 homes and 169 commercial properties, as well as important local infrastructure such as the road network, railway line and Shoreham Airport. Spanning 7,200 metres along the banks of the River Adur with 1.8 kilometre of new defences on the east bank between Coronation Green and the A27 road bridge, and 5.4 kilometre on the west bank between the river mouth and the A27 road bridge. The majority of the project has been funded by a £37.4 million contribution from government, alongside contributions from Coast to Capital LEP, West Sussex County Council and a number of private developers through Adur District Council.
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Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, who spoke at the event, said: “The Adur Tidal Walls scheme
will have an immeasurable impact on the residents and businesses in Shoreham and Lancing.
"It will not only protect our communities from future flooding but it also gives investors certainty, supporting the creation of new homes and workplaces while opening up the riverside to local residents.” “I want to thank the Environment Agency and their contractors for their work over the past couple of years." The old flood defences varied in height and many were coming to the end of their design life. The new defences are formed of embankments, sheet pile walls, rock revetments and flood glass. They are designed to last for 100 years, with the option of being raised further to add even greater protection into the future. As part of the project, the Environment Agency has also improved public footpaths along the route of the defences. The new defences are made up of over 15,000 bricks, 800m3 of concrete and 6,845 tonnes of rock. The project has also created 1.4 hectares of compensatory saltmarsh habitat for local wildlife.
BIG STEP FORWARD FOR
VIBRANT BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT
lans to turn a rundown seafront shelter into a vibrant beachside restaurant have taken a big step forward.
Nextcolour Ltd have struck a long-term agreement with Worthing Borough Council to convert and expand the structure opposite West Buildings into an exciting new food and drink destination. The building will then become a new premises for Bistrot Pierre, who already have successful restaurants in south Wales, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bath. Detailed proposals are now being worked up with a planning application expected in the coming months. Pending approval, the new venue could open in time for next summer. Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“As a Council we are determined to drive through significant improvements to our seafront offer. We will not sit still but want to modernise our offer while not forgetting its traditional delights."
“This proposal is a prime example, by making use of the town’s best asset to create an exciting new venue which people of all ages can enjoy. I look forward to the plans developing in the coming months.”
"WE WANT TO MODERNISE OUR OFFER WHILE NOT FORGETTING ITS TRADITIONAL DELIGHTS" The seafront shelter plan is one of a number of exciting new additions to Worthing seafront, which are all designed to give people more reasons to spend time in the town. A second shelter - near Steyne Gardens - has also been offered to would-be-developers to be converted into an exciting leisure destination.
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Hyde Homes acquired the former metal works site off Old Shoreham Road in July 2015. The firm secured planning permission shortly after to build 120 new, high quality homes alongside a riverside café and a food convenience store. New flood defences and a river walk were also included in the proposal. What’s new? Contractors began construction work on the 2.69 hectare site known as Ropetackle North a year ago. After an extensive period of groundworks, cranes are now operating above the land and the first houses are now rising out of the ground.
As part of ongoing work to create and provide affordable accommodation across the area, Adur District Council is working with a developer to transform the site in Southwick. Plans, which were approved in November2018, will see existing vacant properties demolished and replaced with two separate blocks of flats. One of these will contain 15 affordable social rent properties for people on the Council's housing waiting list. What’s new? Demolition of the existing properties is now complete with construction work planned to start in the coming months.
CECIL NORRIS HOUSE
Adur District Council is behind the plans to create some of the first council housing in the area for 30 years at Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road, Shoreham. The plan will see the disused 1970s block demolished and replaced with a new modern block of 15 affordable homes for Adur Homes tenants. What’s new? Planning approval was granted by Adur District Council in February. Work could start in the coming months.
POND ROAD, SHOREHAM
Burrscrofte care home in Pond Road, Shoreham has sat empty for 11 years as owners West Sussex County Council (WSCC) worked up viable plans to bring the site into use. In spring, an agreement was struck to redevelop the land alongside the neighbouring library and health centre.
What’s new? Under the direction of a new project board, WSCC will work with Adur District Council and NHS providers to create a new and enhanced health centre, a new library and community hub and other public services, in conjunction with the Shoreham Community Centre. The first stage will be the demolition of the care home later this year. page | 23
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LADY BEE MARINA
Comprising of 18,000 square feet of commercial space on the banks of Shoreham Port, Lady Bee Marina is three blocks of purpose built, contemporary modern business space just off Albion Street in Southwick. Planning approval was granted in March with the wider redevelopment also including refurbishment of surrounding buildings and the opening of a new pub. What’s new? Construction work is ongoing with work due for completion in the coming weeks.
NEW MONKS FARM
New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, is behind plans for 600 homes and an IKEA superstore on land near Shoreham Airport. It also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a primary school, an extension to the Brighton & Hove Albion training ground and a community hub. What's new? Adur District Council's planning committee approved the proposal last year and referred the application to the Secretary of State. The government announced last month it will not be called in.
Persimmon Homes and The Sompting Estate is behind the proposal for 520 new properties on land south of West Street and west of Loose Lane. The hybrid application is for full permission for 100 properties, 30 per cent of which will be affordable. Agreement in principle is also sought for a further 420 properties although this will require a more detailed application at a later date. What’s new? Members of the public were invited to comment on the application in spring with a decision due to be made by the planning committee in the coming months. page | 24
The former historic cinema in the heart of Lancing has been saved after Adur District Council worked with developers to preserve the facade of the Art Deco building in South Street. A proposal to convert it into 12 flats and a ground-floor shop was approved by planners in October 2017. What’s new? Work on the redevelopment is underway with new retail tenants already in place. Work on the conversion into flats is nearing completion.
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An ambition to create a major new housing development to include some shopping and perhaps even a hotel on the site of Worthing’s Grafton car park was discussed by councillors last year. The seafront multistorey is currently undergoing essential maintenance which will keep it open in the short term but the recommendation is that it eventually be demolished to make way for the new development. What’s new? A search for private sector partners who might be interested in a long term project to transform the site is underway.
Worthing Borough Council is working with West Sussex County Council to make widespread improvements to the public realm in Worthing town centre. Portland Road is the first area to come forward in the £12 million plan with detailed plans now finalised. What's new? Final designs for the Portland Road scheme which will include seating, vertical bike racks and art installations - are being finalised with the aim of work starting in the new year.
What’s new? Councillors have endorsed the proposal to work up an outline masterplan for a mixed use scheme which could include residential, office/hotel space, parking and potentially a cinema extension to the Connaught Theatre. It is anticipated an outline planning application will be prepared in time for Autumn 2019.
What’s new? Two large cranes moved on to site in autumn to aid the construction of the steel and concrete structure. The frame should be completed by the end of the summer.
Frustrated with the lack of progress on regenerating this prime town centre site, Worthing Borough Council acquired the 2.6 hectare Union Place plot in 2018 before entering into a landpool agreement with the Government-owned development company LCR.
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Roffey Homes is pushing on with £45 million plans to transform the former Aquarena site on Worthing seafront into 141 homes, a cafe and commercial space. The Council handed over the former leisure centre site to the developer in September 2017. Since the old leisure centre has been demolished, foundations laid and construction is underway.
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This major development will deliver close to 1,000 homes in the west of Worthing. Plans for the second phase of 240 homes, 72 of which will be affordable housing, were approved December 2017. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new? Construction work on the new development continues with the whole scheme due for completion in the coming months.
COLONNADE HOUSE In order to build on the success of Worthingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town centre creative hub, the Council has developed six-figure plans to expand the complex to also accommodate digital businesses. The flexible office space would be equipped with gigabit broadband and allow small firms to grow. What's new? Two neighbouring buildings in High Street have been purchased by the Council and works to refurbish them could start next year.
The 7.7 hectare former landfill site has been earmarked for about 34,000 sqm of light industrial commercial space, which would support close to 2,300 jobs while generating economic growth in the area. Funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has been released to remediate and clean up the site, as well as improving access onto and through the site.
The 0.85 acre site to the west of Fulbeck Avenue in Worthing has been identified as a potential development site for a number of years. Located within the built up area of West Durrington, the land could provide space for dozens of new homes.
What's new? Specialist consultants have been appointed to support this work and a planning application could be presented by the end of this year.
What's new? Worthing Borough Council continues to look at creative ways to bring forward a viable proposal for the site which would create much-needed accommodation for the area.
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