Feburary 2021 In this issue Plans for 171 new homes on Adur Civic Centre site Adur’s first Council homes for 30 years
Integrated health hub plans move ahead
RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN AND HIS CREW ARE COMING TO TOWN Pioneering charity which helps young people through music and whose patron is world famous singer and songwriter is moving to Worthing
By Martin Randall, Director for the Economy Welcome to the latest edition of BuildingAW, the magazine that aims to keep you updated on the major projects that are happening across Adur and Worthing. You will see from this edition that despite the extraordinary circumstances that 2020 presented, we have maintained ‘progress and pace’ on a series of developments that are vital to the health of the local economy and our future prosperity. This year we will be maintaining a strong focus on our town centres. We are determined to do all we can
to support a vibrant retail sector and complement it by bringing new activity and experiences. We are working with our partners to invest in new public realm and to ensure that our places remain well cared for, clean and ready to welcome back visitors at the soonest opportunity. The importance of creativity and culture to our local economy cannot be understated. You will see in this issue that our work with pioneering charity AudioActive has resulted in this innovative team making plans to move into the former Dorothy
Perkins shop in Worthing. Throughout this issue there are reports on key milestones being reached to deliver new homes and jobs. Perhaps one of the most challenging sites of all, Decoy Farm, Worthing is finally being unlocked using £4.8m of Local Growth funding via the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to decontaminate this huge site and make it ‘development ready’ for new and expanding businesses. I do hope you enjoy this edition of BuildingAW.
12 FIRST COUNCIL HOMES FOR THREE DECADES ALMOST READY
18 ROOMS WITH VIEWS
13 DIG FOR JOBS
20 HEALTH UNDER ONE ROOF
4 HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES FOR A FRESH START FOR TOWN CENTRES
14 NEW HOMES IN CENTRE
21 PORT PLANS PROGRESS
16 ALBION ON THE UP
22 UPDATES FROM ADUR
11 BACKING FOR UNION PLACE
17 TACKLING TEVILLE
25 UPDATES FROM WORTHING
19 600 HOMES ON WAY
Front cover Rag’n’Bone Man with young people at AudioActive (credit Terry Aplin) This magazine is created with full green credentials using carbon neutral production and FSC® certified paper which has been harvested in a responsible manner.
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Produced by Adur & Worthing Councils to promote the work underway to raise awareness of major projects across our communities.
WELCOME A welcome from Cllr Brian Boggis Adur’s Executive Member for Regeneration
A welcome from Cllr Kevin Jenkins Worthing’s Executive Member for Regeneration
“2020 was all about COVID - but responding to the local impact of the global pandemic has not stopped Council teams from supporting businesses and driving forward with the regeneration of our communities. Regular A27 users will be aware of the visible changes to the New Monks Farm development.Withy Patch residents have vacated and moved onto the new purpose-built area, and the flood defences are all but completed.The first of the 600 new homes are nearing completion and work on the A27 improvements will start later this year, enabling the IKEA development to commence. This magazine features an update
on the development at the old Civic Centre site on Brighton Road, which offers opportunities for commercial activity and local employment. Towards Brighton, it’s hard not to notice the cranes on the riverside, progressing the Yacht Club development and the Free Wharf site. Planning permission has been granted for Kingston Wharf, moving us towards having an accessible footpath and cycleway along the river. West of the river, the replacement of the Widewater bridge is underway. The redevelopment of Queensway in Lancing, coinciding with the refurbished Co Op, has brought new life to North Road. ”
“After one of the hardest years across all sectors of business, but particularly hospitality, we start 2021 with fresh hope that over the next 12 months we will see the restrictions we have all lived under diminish. But it’s not been all doom and gloom. Worthing Council has intervened to deliver inward investment into the town, with the site preparation of industrial space at Decoy Farm and Southdownview Road, housing at Fulbeck Avenue with Boklok and a partnership with Vivid, following an intervention at Teville Gate. Worthing continues to grow a strong reputation for the creative industries and the town is benefiting
from investment in gigabit broadband and a growth in demand of coworking facilities.The council’s investment in Colonnade House as a creative, digital hub continues with further development that will see it grow in size and workforce capacity. Equally important are SMEs and in 2020 Worthing was placed in the top ten of towns or cities nationally, as offering the best opportunity for entrepreneurial businesses. How we work and live will continue to evolve.Worthing is wellplaced to respond to these changes with a council willing and able to make significant interventions to help harness the potential of the town.” BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021 | 3
HITTING THE RIGHT FRESH START FOR ARTS AND CULTURE TO PLAY LEADING • AudioActive moves to Worthing • Colonnade House set for major expansion • Worthing Theatres to bounce back • Plus: full interview with AudioActive’s Adam Joolia
By Michael Gilson
Photo Fringe exhibition on Worthing seafront
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NOTES FOR A TOWN CENTRES ROLE IN A RENAISSANCE
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Hitting the right notes for a fresh start for town centres
Arts and music the way to revive our town centre spaces, says Pioneer
Street theatre - © copyright Summer of Circus 2020
I am delighted that AudioActive, which has such a reputation for fantastic work with young people, is coming here
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The chief of a ground-breaking charity which uses music to inspire young people says he is coming to Worthing because the time is right and the town is rich in talent. Adam Joolia, chief executive officer of AudioActive, says arts and culture organisations like his can lead to a renaissance of town centres like Worthing’s which, in common with the rest of the UK, are facing a declining retail economy and the effect of the pandemic. He was speaking as it was revealed that, in a deal brokered by Worthing Borough Council, AudioActive would be taking over the old Dorothy Perkins store on Montague Street as a workshop and performance space. The charity, which has helped major artists such as Rag‘n’Bone Man on the ladder to success, is to take over all three floors of the building for its pioneering projects and give space for musical artists. Said Adam, “Worthing is a great place to get things done.The Council is very open, accessible and supportive of us.We now have a great opportunity and we believe we can really achieve something in Worthing.” The news comes as proposals to expand the Council-owned art space Colonnade House are set to go before the council’s planning committee. Keen to provide even more artists, designers and tech start-ups with a platform to grow, the Council is looking to push ahead with plans to redevelop and expand the building on the corner of Warwick Street and High Street.This will include upgrading the current facilities, installing ultrafast gigabit broadband and creating new
studio units for micro-entrepreneurs by bringing back into use two redundant buildings in High Street. Six new homes, a cafe and further meeting and exhibition space will also be created. Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer of Worthing Theatres and Museum (WTM), Amanda O’Reilly, said she was confident that her venues would help fuel a renaissance of the town centre.The Theatres had just moved to an arms-length Trust last year after a successful five-year programme but had to close down almost immediately because of the pandemic. Said Amanda, “As key cultural and community hubs in Worthing town centre, and as a multi-venue, multi-use organisation,WTM can play a significant part in Worthing’s recovery and regeneration. The venues and their capacity to manage social distancing presents a positive opportunity for our residents to reconnect and drives meaningful footfall to central public spheres in our town.” Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, said, “I am delighted that AudioActive, which has such a reputation for fantastic work with young people, is coming here.They will be joining a growing number of cultural and creative organisations which will breathe new life into the town centre. “We have to accept that our places are changing and what we need to do is help ensure there is a great new mix of people, businesses and places to go in our centres, to make them hum with exciting activity again.”
Adam Joolia is the chief executive officer of ground-breaking charity AudioActive Here he tells BuildingAW about plans to move to Worthing to establish a Centre of Excellence
Can you tell us a little bit about Audio Active and what your philosophy is? We work with young people across Sussex.You could say we are the meeting point of technology and underground culture.We deal mainly with giving young people the chance to experiment with electronic music and black music. We want to help people have a better future through and for music turning them into expressive and reflective adults while helping the music scene itself. Making music changes lives ... if you make music with young people good things happen.and it’s good for community and for the place.
How did all this start? AudioActive started about 20 years ago as part of a neighbourhood development charity in Hove, it was small scale to be honest that’s the way we still like.We’d rather be copied than take over the world ourselves! AudioActive became a registered charity in 2008 and a Charitable
Q&A WITH ADAM JOOLIA Incorporated Organisation in 2018. I joined in 2006 from a similar project in Nottingham during the emergence of the Grime scene and there was a lot of gun violence around.What we were doing back then and are still doing today is having the ability to use music for social change and social innovation. It might be seen as a completely accepted idea now but it was really quite innovative in those days.
share of young men that we know pay the ultimate price for poor mental health over the last few years but if we can help a few begin to tackle the issues that are causing their depression and anger it is worth it. We are just about to launch a young women’s help group along similar lines called Vocalise.
So how do you balance the need for intervention to help young people change their lives with creating great music? Firstly we are deadly serious about the music. Social outcomes are a by-product from making good music. Authenticity is so important.We treat all our young people as artists first and foremost. Many of the traits that make for good artists sometimes also make young people challenging to manage in formal education.They are people who go against the grain so being a disrupter doesn’t always help in the classroom. But if we can get them excited again about learning through music and seeing the importance at working at something there is often the possibility to reintegrate into education. I’ve had parents say things to me like my son has just gone back to school of his own accord for the first time in eight years ... getting involved in music was the catalyst.
Can you give us some examples of your work? For instance our Room to Rant sessions are about using Rap to help young men express their feelings. Young men who will not follow conventional mental health therapies but this can help. To put this challenge into context we have seen more than our fair
Taking part in one of AudioActive’s projects for young people
So you won’t take people who aren’t serious about the music? Not at all. It’s a common misconception that you need a musical foundation in order to create music. It’s our job to make that process accessible for young people who have zero experience but purely an interest in music and that’s what our practitioners are great at. And of course we want people who are coming along to have fun. We sometimes get referrals from the Violence Reduction Unit of people getting into potentially risky situations, guns and drugs that sort of thing, but we are not leading the conversation based on those issues. We take them on first and foremost as aspiring artists. Music can heal, can help young people articulate what it is that is wrong and you can go from there. But it’s not just that.We have people here just dropping in because they are curious and want to have a chance
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Hitting the right notes for a fresh start for town centres College or GBMet) are doing some excellent work in this field so how could we work together with them more? Worthing is a great place to get things done.The Council is very open, accessible and supportive of us.We now have a great opportunity and we believe we can really achieve something in Worthing.
9 Rag‘n’Bone Man (back row in hat) launching #Scratchpad with students from Northbrook MET at Colonnade House
to join with others, to have a go.They come from all kinds of backgrounds. It’s very representative and is a great mix that works.
Is there a risk that by using Rap music you are delving into dangerous areas given the kinds of lyrics that some of that music contains? I understand what you are saying but there are places in Britain where the music is a symptom of a lifestyle rather than the other way around. So when people first come here they may think that Rap is all about violence and misogyny but they soon get challenged. Many of the peers will say to them: do you actually live that life? is this authentic? ... if not why are you singing about that?
So tell us about the musicians you have to help at AudioActive We have about 30 to 40 artists practitioners on our books who are real role models for young people. Rizzle Kicks (a chart-topping hip hop duo from Brighton) remain patrons of charity. Rag’n’Bone Man, also a patron of the charity, got a leg up from some of the people here and has been really supportive of us and the chances we give. Rory (Graham aka Rag’n’Bone Man) was told by a teacher he could never make it in music but his first album sold quicker than any other artists in the world when it came out.
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For a small organisation we have had a decent hit rate ... BBC’s Sound of 2020 Celeste came through our support act competition with Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn ... Jack Stevens who’s from Worthing and performs as SpectraSoul is really really big in the Drum and Bass scene. But we are not pretending everyone can be like Rory.What we say is that we want to support them to make music on a daily basis, to pay the bills not necessarily be famous or a household name.
So you currently have a space in Brighton. Why the expansion into Worthing? The Bottega Rooms, our space in Brighton, where we are now was really a warm up for Worthing. Our four or five year ambition is to move towards creating a Centre of Excellence that can be more permanent.We used to put on events in Brighton and be amazed that half the talent was from Worthing.Worthing has a really successful music culture, but unlike Brighton there’s not so much of a visible scene and things to do for young people and emerging artists so as a charity it makes sense to try to meet the need. The town is changing and has a growing younger demographic. Northbrook College (now part of Greater Brighton Metropolitan
So with town centres rapidly changing and retail in decline it is very symbolic that you are taking over the old Dorothy Perkins site on Montague Street. Do you think art and culture has a role in the revival of town centres. Town centres are changing whether we like it or not. More and more people are going to be moving into new homes back in these centres as retail declines and they will want things to see and do. They don’t want to move into a graveyard. So the question is not can arts and culture play a part, it’s can they be revived without them? The answer is no. We have seen this happen before where a cultural space lifts the whole environment around it and starts to make things happen. With Dorothy Perkins there’s a really good opportunity to try some of the stuff out that we like to see happening when we have a Centre of Excellence. We want to make something unique, a space where people can also drop in for a coffee and meet others, where there’ll be a small performance space for the odd intimate gig, maybe we’ll be selling records, we’ll have resident musical artist studios in place on the top floor and maybe some other like-minded music companies, the first floor will house a recording studio and a music production suite and multi-use project spaces to accommodate our project work with young people and emerging artists and we want to welcome in and engage the whole community. There’ll be a buzz, something happening.The time for this is perfect.
FROM EMPTY SHOP TO HIP HOP: SYMBOL OF CHANGING TIMES Perhaps nothing could be more symbolic of the beginnings of a transformation of town centres than the news that AudioActive will be moving into a now vacant shop on Montague Street Dorothy Perkins’ parent company announced last January that it would close its Worthing store, among others, as the financial realities of High Street retailing hit. While Worthing Borough Council remains committed to supporting a diverse retail offering in town and neighbourhood centres it also recognises the need to to create a vibrant mix to town centre life by adding new homes and attracting new creative, digital and cultural entrepreneurs. Officers began talking to AudioActive last year about the possibility of moving to Worthing and into the Perkins store, which is Council-owned. Probably the most high-profile supporter of the charity is singer songwriter Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Uckfield-born Rory Graham whose 2016 single and album, both named Human, were worldwide hits. He is a patron of AudioActive, was helped onto the musical ladder by music practitioners who work with the charity. “AudioActive are doing something to ensure that regardless of wealth or background, young people get a chance to be creative. I can’t support that enough,” he said. Meanwhile existing cultural
players in the town such as Worthing Theatres and Museums, (WTM), are ready, post-lockdown, to play their part in a renaissance. CEO Amanda O’Reilly said her venues had opened whenever possible in the last year. Even in difficult times audiences had responded showing the demand for culture was high. “This translated to over 1,600 bookers, over 4,570 tickets and 98 events taking place even in one of the most challenging of economic periods, driving footfall and confidence for audiences returning and undoubtedly supporting secondary spend throughout the surrounding retail and restaurants that were in a position to open. “We are not just arts and heritage venues, but a community hub for many - a place to meet others and be inspired.We will continue adapting activities to respond to the easing of lockdown with planning underway. As Worthing town centre and other businesses reopen, it is crucial that we become a resource for social interaction, developing community confidence and creating opportunities to ensure that Worthing is a resilient, creative and optimistic town for the future.”
AudioActive, Worthing Proposed Image (Credit Alter & Company architects)
Dance - © Worthing Theatres, Summer of Circus 2020 YourPlace - an AudioActive project
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Artist’s impression of how the new Colonnade House extension might look
Colonnade to expand to keep up with creative demand For the last five years Colonnade House in Worthing has proved that there is demand from artists, creatives and digital start-ups for gallery and workshop space in the town
Now the Council-owned creative hub on the corner of Warwick Street and High Street is set for a major expansion which will help it keep pace with demand, with gallery space and artistic studios running at close to capacity even during lockdown 2020. This will include upgrading the current facilities, installing ultrafast gigabit broadband and creating new studio units for startups by bringing back into use two redundant buildings in High Street. Six new homes, a cafe and further meeting and exhibition space could also be created. 10 | BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021
Cllr Heather Mercer,Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes culture and housing, said: “Colonnade House has been a huge success since opening, providing a space for hundreds of people to hone their talents while entertaining many thousands more. “The fact this new plan will offer even more innovative individuals a chance to make a living from their skills is extremely exciting. I also welcome the possibility of creating six new properties by turning run-down derelict buildings into good-quality housing, something which is vital for the ongoing prosperity of the town centre.” While many businesses have struggled to recover from lockdown, the creative digital tech sector has continued to grow with recent figures suggesting it is worth £100 billion a year to the UK economy. With the average business in the sector employing about 3 people,
the proposed space at Colonnade will be focused on creating quality flexible space with world-class digital infrastructure which will be fit for purpose in a post-COVID world. A total of 20 direct and 25 indirect jobs are expected to be created while the new facility will also provide professional development support for hundreds of people in the sector. A planning application has now been submitted and work could start in autumn 2021.
The fact this new plan will offer even more innovative individuals a chance to make a living from their skills is extremely exciting
BACKING FOR UNION PLACE
Artist’s impression of what the Union Place development might look like
Ambitious plans to regenerate Worthing’s town centre have been given a major boost with the approval of proposals to create nearly 170 homes, commercial space, a hotel and an expanded cinema on a brownfield site As part of its town centre regeneration programme,Worthing Borough Council has been working with LCR, the government’s placemaking and sustainable regeneration specialist, on bringing Union Place back into use. The 1.1 hectare site, which includes the former police station, has sat largely unused for more than a decade after private companies failed to bring forward viable schemes. After purchasing the site in January 2019, the Council secured outline permission from the town’s Planning Committee to transform the area in November. The proposal includes replacement public car parking, high-quality public spaces and a new play area. Leaders welcomed the decision, noting the development would make a significant contribution to the long-term economic sustainability of Worthing, post-COVID. Cllr Kevin Jenkins, the Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Union Place is an important town centre site that has been left
undeveloped for a number of years, which has had a negative impact on the vitality of our local economy. “Bringing it back into use is a key part of our ambitious town centre renewal programme, which has become even more important due to COVID. Ray Willis, Regional Director for LCR in the South, said: “Bringing this key site back into productive use has been made possible by leveraging the Council’s unrivalled knowledge of the needs of its community, coupled with its experience in developing complex sites. “Regenerating underused and underdeveloped land has always been key to maintaining thriving communities, but it’s now more important than ever as Britain looks to navigate an economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19.This is a key example of the kind of project local authorities should champion in order to generate strong growth across our regional hubs.” Frustrated with the lack of progress on the town centre site, the
Council acquired it in 2019 before entering into a landpool agreement with LCR. An outline planning application to create 169 new homes, 670 sqm of flexible commercial space and a 90bed hotel on the land between High Street and Chapel Road was approved by the Council’s Planning Committee at a virtual meeting in November. Included will be a cinema extension of up to four extra screens and flexible cultural space to support the neighbouring Connaught Theatre. The development will be laid out in a series of even blocks of between four to six storeys with a 14 storey tower at its heart. Plans include 245 car parking spaces which will replace the current NCP car park. A fifth of the residential spaces will be EV charging points while 184 cycle spaces will be created. Councillors praised the new public realm enhancements, which will include a new play space. The development is supported by £3.6 million in funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021 | 11
FIRST COUNCIL HOMES FOR THREE DECADES ALMOST READY Adur District Council is pushing on with creating vibrant modern properties at Cecil Norris site
Above: Artist’ impression of the development Below: Construction is underway on site
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Work on 15 high-quality affordable homes is ongoing at Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road, Shoreham. The site was formerly home to a disused retirement housing block built in the 1970s, which was demolished in 2019 so construction could begin on a new three-storey building. The proposal was developed by Adur Homes, the Councils’ housing arm, to meet the shortage of oneand two-bedroom properties in the area. The modern building will consist of five one bed, eight two-bed and two split-level maisonettes with private gardens at the eastern end of the building. It will also be highly energy efficient, incorporating cycle spaces and a green roof to improve urban biodiversity. Constructed using a timber frame solution with brick cladding, the building will be insulated and will use “smart technology” to reduce maintenance. The project is one of several
building projects aiming to address a huge shortfall in affordable housing in Adur. Cllr Carson Albury, the Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said: “I am delighted the Council is pushing on with creating some of the first new council housing in Adur for 30 years. “The vacant block on the site did not meet the needs of our tenants, so we are replacing it with modern homes in the heart of Shoreham for individuals and families on our housing waiting list. “We are serious about our commitment to create new affordable housing for people across our communities.” The development was approved by the Council’s Planning Committee in February 2019. This building meets with the Council’s requirements to create contemporary sustainable residential dwellings across the district and minimise the use of temporary housing facilities for local people.
DIG FOR JOBS
Excavators on site at Decoy Farm
Work is well underway at Worthing’s Decoy Farm as contractors prepare the ground to transform the longhazardous site into a future hub for local jobs The former landfill site in Dominion Way forms part of the East Worthing Trading Estate and has lay dormant since 1979 due to contamination. Now, as part of a wider programme to create jobs postCOVID,Worthing Borough Council has brought in specialist contractors Keltbray to decontaminate the land. This will prepare it for commercial development, creating up to 13,500 square metres of potential floorspace for businesses. Cllr Kevin Jenkins (pictured), the Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, who recently visited the site with contractors and council officers said: “It’s wonderful to see work carried out here after the site has laid dormant for 40 years. Once
decontamination is complete, this will be prime land for development. “Unlocking Decoy Farm for commercial use will be a boost for businesses and jobs in the area, creating yet another opportunity for economic growth in Worthing. “Projects like this are an integral part of the town’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as they show that now more than ever it is ‘Time for Worthing’.” A spokesperson for Keltbray said: “It’s great for us to get started on this project.This is the ultimate in brownfield development.We started on site early November and we plan to finish in March.The scheme is progressing to that programme.” Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee approved decontamination works at Decoy Farm in June. Workers are clearing the site and levelling it out before capping it with clay to make it ready for development. Keltbray will recover 20,000 cubic metres of materials from the site. The project began in midNovember and is expected to be complete by the end of March.The
Council will then consider detailed plans for the site with the creation of local jobs a key priority. It is supported by almost £5 million in funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
Projects like this are an integral part of the town’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
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NEW HOMES IN CENTRE Building back on brownfield
The final proposal for 171 homes and commercial space on the former Adur Civic Centre site will be submitted for planning permission in the coming months The Shoreham site has been unoccupied since 2013, when Adur District Council staff moved from the centre into Worthing Town Hall following Adur & Worthing Councils’ merger in five years before.The building was demolished in 2017. Now developer Hyde is finalising its plans for the site, which it will submit to Adur District Council this year. Connecting Ham Road and Brighton Road, the site is a highly visible “gateway” location at the heart of Shoreham. The scheme involves two buildings ranging from three to 11 storeys, complete with a central courtyard and a pedestrian link between the two roads. This will create space for 171 one, 14 | BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021
two and three-bedroom homes on the site.Thirty per cent of these homes will be affordable, some for rental and some for shared ownership. Space for 48 shops will also be provided at street level along Brighton Road and Ham Road, creating opportunities to bolster Shoreham’s retail offering and support economic growth in the town. A car park for 56 vehicles will be built alongside 172 cycle parking spaces. Forty per cent of car parking spaces will be equipped with electric charging points, while the rest will be charge-ready. E-bike charging points will also be provided to promote sustainable transport for residents and visitors.
The development will take environmental concerns into account - each building will be equipped with solar panels. Hyde will also use natural “green” and “brown” roofs on the buildings to increase biodiversity in the area, while all materials used in the project will come from responsibly sourced suppliers. And the new buildings will be insulated to reduce energy demands and carbon emissions. The proposal is a result of collaboration between the Council, Hyde and 13 consultants and specialists. The sale of the former Adur Civic Centre site to Hyde has enabled the Council to purchase New Salts Farm
Artist’s impression of how the Adur Civic Centre site development might look
from the developer. The 70-acre greenfield site separates Lancing and Shoreham and was previously earmarked for development by Hyde. But the Council’s acquisition of the site means it can preserve the green space for decades to come, acting as a natural barrier between the towns. The next stage will be for the Council to investigate how to best utilise the land for the wider benefit of residents and nature.This could include some of it being set aside for capturing solar energy. History of the site The Adur Civic Centre was built in the 1970s as a headquarters for Adur District Council. But after Adur & Worthing Councils merged in 2008, a decision was made to move all Adur staff into shared sites to reduce costs and improve services for residents.
Officers moved in 2013, leaving the building unoccupied until it was demolished four years later. The Council built a £9.5 million office block on the former car park of the site in 2019 and leased it research company The Focus Group, securing hundreds of jobs for the area. The space meant the company was able to expand its workforce from 250 employees to 450. Ralph Gilbert, of the Focus Group, said at the time: “I want to thank everyone at Adur District Council for its support with this project. “It’s a really exciting time for our growing company and, even just a few weeks into our tenancy at our new home, we are already starting to reap the benefits. “We have said all along that we wanted to make this building one of the best offices in the region so that we can attract the best
staff while showcasing some of the groundbreaking technology the company advocates and installs for firms across the UK.” In the same year Council leaders chose Hyde as their preferred developer for the main site, agreeing with its vision to create 171 affordable homes and more than 1,000 square kilometres of commercial space. Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “It is excellent to see Hyde is making progress with its plans for the former Adur Civic Centre site, a location with a lot of potential for Shoreham’s development. “Hyde’s proposal will create high-quality affordable homes and plenty of opportunities for economic growth and job creation in Adur. “I look forward to seeing the full planning application submitted this year.” BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021 | 15
ALBION ON THE UP
Vital work to create good-quality housing for some of the most vulnerable in Adur is pushing on despite the COVID-19 lockdown
We are serious about our commitment to create new affordable housing for people across our communities
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Adur Homes has around 700 people on its waiting list in need of accomodation and urgently needs to find sites for affordable housing development. So despite national restrictions, Adur District Council has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure there are no delays to creating new properties. The largest scheme is a bold development providing 55 affordable council homes in Southwick which has now cleared its final planning hurdle. The Council’s Planning Committee approved some final alterations to the scheme in Albion Street in November, paving the way for the creation of dozens of new council homes. The proposal, set to begin in spring, will see two six-storey blocks built on land previously occupied by recentlydemolished buildings. A smaller dilapidated building next to the site will also be refurbished. Award-winning designers Liam Russell Architects designed a scheme designed to provide high-quality council homes fit for the future. The flats will be energy efficient and provide green space to benefit both its residents and local wildlife. Future residents will also benefit from the site’s convenient location, just a 10-minute walk from Southwick Square and a short bus journey to Shoreham town centre.
The project is designed to be timeless, built in Albion Street, the historic hub of Southwick’s shipping and fishing industries. The Council is also pushing on at pace with its Hidden Homes programme, which will see a number of properties on a series of several small and under-utilisied sites across the area. Bespoke plans for each of the council owned plots have been worked up and an online public consultation was held in summer 2020 on the initial proposals. The proposals vary from site to site and are for a range of 2 and 3 bedroom houses and a small number of 1 and 2 bed flats and bungalows. All properties will be made available for individuals and families on Adur’s housing waiting list. Cllr Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services (pictured), which includes housing, said: “We know that good-quality housing for those on our waiting list is in short supply which is why we are working so hard to create homes for those in need.” “Even though we remain restricted in terms of land and finance, these innovative proposals - along with the plans to create 15 new homes at the former Cecil Norris site - show we are serious about our commitment to create new affordable housing for people across our communities.”
A dramatic £12.5m intervention is set to be made by Worthing Borough Council to build hundreds of homes at Teville Gate
Above and top: The Teville Gate site having been cleared Below: Demolition of the old multi-storey car park on the Teville Gate site
Council leaders have recommended the authority enter a joint partnership with an award-winning affordable homes provider, to take over the site, and bring momentum to a development which has stalled for decades. Current owners Mosaic Global Investments Ltd indicated it wants to sell the land, citing ‘doubts caused by the pandemic’ as cause to end its plans for its ‘Station Square’ development on the site. Councillors agreed the best option may be for the authority to intervene and bring forward a plan to build 230 new homes on the site, 130 of which will be affordable. The report proposes entering into partnership dialogue with VIVID, a Housing Association which has 31,000 homes in the South of England. VIVID is a strategic partner of the government’s Homes England body. Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, said: “For years we have worked hard to bring development forward at Teville Gate but as it has been privately owned we have had little control of the outcome.
“If this proposal succeeds we can take Teville’s destiny into our own hands. Perhaps now is the time to intervene positively to help our local economy recover from the terrible effects the pandemic has had on the UK.” Under the proposed deal, the Council and VIVID have agreed in principle to purchase the site from Mosaic.The Council will share the development risk of delivering 100 new homes for market sale. The accommodation will be developed and managed by VIVID, with the Council able to secure nomination rights for a proportion of new homes for people currently on the housing waiting list. The Council’s investment would be around £12.5m, but 50 per cent of the sale proceeds of the market homes would return to the authority. If the homes were built and sold within three years at a 10 per cent profit, the Council would return a surplus. In 2019 the Council secured a £1.6 million grant to demolish the multi-storey car park which sat on the only part of the site that it controlled via a long-term lease. BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021 | 17
ROOMS WITH VIEWS Bayside homes ready to be occupied The first residents of the 15-storey Bayside development on Worthing seafront could move in as early as February 2021
SCHEME of the 141 homes 20 remain for sale
We’re looking forward to completing the development by late Spring
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Despite delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is set to be completed in Spring, said Roffey Homes managing director Ben Cheal. “We’re looking forward to completing the development by late Spring,” said Mr Cheal. “It’s been delayed a bit by COVID, but we’re looking at the first people moving in in February 2021. “We’ve signed a commercial lease for the office, which we’ll announce in early January, and we’ve started discussions over the tenancy for the seafront cafe.” Of the 141 homes created by the £45 million scheme, just 20 remain up for sale. Later in the Spring, Roffey will hand over the tenancies to Bayside’s 620 square metres of office space and its seafront cafe. Bayside is split into two apartment blocks: the 15-storey Bayside Vista and the five-storey Bayside Horizon. The Vista is inspired by Worthing’s seafront buildings, combining beauty and function. Its sheltered balconies provide magnificent views of the seaside.
Bayside Horizon features one, two and three-bedroom apartments with open plan living areas, private outdoor space and balconies offering views of the sea and the South Downs. Residents will benefit from a private health club including a gym, swimming pool and sauna. But people across Worthing will be able to enjoy the development’s seafront square and promenade cafe. Bayside lies on the site of the former Aquarena swimming pool, which was demolished in February 2018. Worthing Borough Council approved Roffey’s plans for the site in January 2017 and handed over the site to the developer in September of that year. Cllr Kevin Jenkins, the Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “It is fantastic to hear people will soon be moving into Bayside. “The completion of Bayside will represent not just a new start for its new residents, but a beacon of hope for Worthing’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
600 HOMES ON WAY Work on the largest development in Adur for decades is progressing at pace with developers already starting construction on the first of 600 homes in Lancing New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, is behind the major scheme for land between Shoreham and Lancing which borders the A27 and Shoreham Airport. Approval for the plans, which includes a new IKEA store, were granted by Adur District Council in October 2018. But there was a wait of seven months until the government confirmed it would not be reviewed by ministers. With the section 106 agreement - which maps out conditions the developers must follow and contributions towards education, health and other infrastructure now signed, construction work is underway. Cala Homes, which is looking after the residential units, have already started erecting timber frames of the first of the new properties. Representatives from Adur District Council - including Cllr Neil Parkin, pictured - viewed the progress during a recent site visit with contractors Adenstar. Thirty per cent of the 600 homes being created will be affordable and 108 families from Adur’s housing waiting list will get the chance to
move to the new development. Plans also include the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub. It will also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site. Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership contributed £5.71 million of Local Growth Fund money towards the project. The same planning meeting in October 2018 also saw the green light given for a minimum of 15,000m2 of employment space to be created at Shoreham Airport. A spokesman for Brighton & Hove Albion said: “Together with the airport development, the two sites will deliver 1,300 jobs, 600 new homes including 180 affordable units, a new school, and £3.5 million in public sector receipts each year. “But not only will they create much needed new homes and jobs, the developments will safeguard the future of Shoreham Airport which houses some 30 existing businesses and 300 jobs. It delivers on the aspirations of Adur’s Local Plan and the Joint Growth Deal. “When the development is complete the football club will have
generated 3,500 jobs and injected £225 million per annum into the local economy - demonstrating how important the Club is to the Greater Brighton City Region.”
Together with the airport development, the two sites will deliver 1,300 jobs, 600 new homes including 180 affordable units, a new school, and £3.5 million in public sector receipts each year.
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HEALTH UNDER ONE ROOF Tens of thousands of Worthing residents will benefit from radically improved health services after multi-million pound plans for a new town centre hub were approved by councillors
As part of its commitment to make best use of its public assets, Worthing Borough Council has led on, designed and is funding the creation of a high-quality facility on the civic centre car park in Stoke Abbott Road. The new contemporary building - which will be known as the Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC) - will bring together GP surgeries, mental health provision, community care and a pharmacy onto one central site. In addition to making it easier for patients to access care, it will also provide a significant upgrade to the facilities used by scores of NHS staff while creating a new multi-storey public car park. Cllr Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “This is the culmination of a longterm aspiration by the Council to make the most of this under-utilised land in the heart of Worthing.
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“It’s taken ambition, vision, collaboration and lots of hard work to get this across the line. When complete, the result will be a fantastic new building which will complete the civic quarter and transform the way tens of thousands of residents receive healthcare.” The WICC is to be located on the car park at the back of Worthing Town Hall and would see the existing Central Clinic site demolished to make way for the new facility. The new building will meet the highest possible environmental standards with an air source heat pump providing the majority of the heating and photovoltaic solar panels on the roof. A new multi-storey car park for 181 cars and 68 cycle spaces is also to be built next to the new centre. A fifth of the spaces will have EV charging points with the potential to upgrade the remaining bays.
When complete, the result will be a fantastic new building which will complete the civic quarter and transform the way tens of thousands of residents receive healthcare
The whole project is to be funded by Worthing Borough Council through borrowing which will be recouped through rent and income. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, which provides medical, nursing and therapeutic care, and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability care, intend to take space in the new centre alongside the leading GP practice, Worthing Medical Group.
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PORT PLANS PROGRESS Movements are well underway at the Free Wharf site in Shoreham, as members of the community assist in getting the site ready to house more than 500 new waterfront homes A mural featuring wartime hero and fundraiser Captain Tom and the Red Arrows has been chosen for display at the Brighton Road development and will feature the words ‘Thank You NHS’. The artwork was produced by artist Julio Cesar Osorio. He won a competition run by the developer Southern Housing Group, to have his artwork displayed at the former Minelco site, where the first signs of buildings are expected to be seen in the coming weeks. Julio wanted to pay tribute to those who have worked hard to keep
the country going throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, prisoners from HMP Ford in West Sussex helped to regenerate the River Adur’s wall at Free Wharf as part of The Brighter Pathways Programme - a partnership between Wates Residential and recruitment supplier One Way which supports offenders in the last 18 months of their sentences. The pilot, now completed, helps to assist their rehabilitation back into the community. The plans to build 540 homes including 162 affordable units - were approved by councillors in 2018.The ten-building development will help to regenerate Shoreham Harbour. Cranes are in places at the site and work on the flood defences is almost complete.
Jeremy Barkway, Southern Housing Group’s strategic partnerships manager, told the public that despite the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, they are pleased with the progress of the work on site. He said: “As well as new homes, the site will provide extra employment space, with an enterprise hub, restaurants and cafés. “This will be set within threeand-a-half acres of landscaped public realm, giving the people of Shoreham-by-Sea renewed access to the riverfront, new cycling paths and pontoons for maritime and nautical leisure activities.” Southern Housing Group is also providing a further £1.75m for offsite local services such as schools, healthcare centres and highways infrastructure. The development was awarded £10m in funding as part of the Government’s commitment to investing in areas with the potential to deliver more housing. The site is expected to be completed by the end of the year. BuildingAW Magazine - February 2021 | 21
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Ropetackle North Development
ROPETACKLE NORTH Hyde Housing Association is leading on the £33 million scheme to create 120 homes along the River Adur. In addition to a range of three and four bed houses with waterside views, one and two bed apartments, new retail unit, riverfront café, gallery and hotel will also be created What’s new? Work progresses at pace with the first houses complete and on the market. Completion of the whole site is expected by spring 2021.
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. Demolition of the care home was completed last year.
BIG BEACH BOX International developer Boxpark is behind plans to transform a derelict toilet block in Shoreham into the Big Beach Box, a landmark seafront dining destination, cafe and community space. It will also include a roof terrace, changing rooms, community space and a centre for water sports, as well as re-providing publicly accessible toilets. What’s new? Boxpark received planning permission in 2019 and work to bring the proposal forward continues.
THE MANNINGS Southern Housing Group received permission to replace an aging block of 40 flats in Surry Street, Shoreham with 74 new upgraded properties in November 2019. All homes will be affordable housing with access to a private balcony or terraced gardens, plus a communal roof-top garden and enhanced public realm. What’s new? Work on relocating existing residents to temporary units continues before work commences on site.
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SUSSEX YACHT CLUB
LADY BEE MARINA
To reduce the risk of flooding to Shoreham town centre and encourage private investment in the area, Adur District Council struck a deal with the club - with the local authority buying some of the land and the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse.
Shoreham Port Authority worked with ECE Planning to obtain planning permission for the redevelopment of vacant land at Lady Bee Marina in Albion Street, Southwick into 1,275m2 of employment.The £3 million contemporary building opened last year and has proved very popular, recently winning a regional RIBA award.
What’s new? Work on the clubhouse began in spring and is progressing well, despite a short delay due to COVID. Once the new building is finished, the Council will build new flood defences along with a new cycle and pedestrian route.
What’s new? In Summer 2021 Shoreham Port will be opening the doors to its all new Port Kitchen, next to the Lady Bee Enterprise Centre. It will create local jobs as well as providing a place for locally sourced food and drink to be served.
WEST SOMPTING Persimmon Homes and The Sompting Estate is behind plans for up to 520 new properties on land south of West Street and west of Loose Lane. It would complement the existing area of family housing and countryside, with 30 per cent affordable homes to meet local needs. What’s new? Following consultation with planners, local residents and community groups the developers will be submitting amended plans in the next few weeks reducing the number of dwellings to 469 and making improvements to the overall design and layout.These plans will be out for public consultation again before the Planning Committee considers the scheme in March.
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QUEENSWAY The vibrant shopping area in Lancing was redeveloped in 2014 to provide a new commercial thoroughfare in the heart of the village. But the condition of the shared space has deteriorated quickly and West Sussex County Council, who look after highways, did have funds to replace it likefor-like. What’s new? Adur District Council carried out an upgrade to the Queensway area in October, providing a smart new entrance way to this important area of the village centre.
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Turbines at Rampion (credit and copyright Rampion)
The owners of The Perch in Lancing took over the lease of the Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pier in 2019, promising to transform the look and feel of the art deco structure.
Initial plans to double the size of the wind farm off the Worthing coast were revealed in winter 2020. Rampion 2 could create clean, renewable electricity to power over one million homes in the UK.This is in addition to the existing output of the current 116 turbines.
What’s new? Planning permission was secured in autumn 2020 to transform the interior of this prominent building on Worthing’s listed landmark pier.
What’s new? An informal consultation seeking feedback on initial proposals took place in January. Feedback from this will help refine more detailed proposals which will be prepared for a second consultation later this year.
SEAFRONT SHELTER Nextcolour Ltd have struck a long-term agreement with Worthing Borough Council for the land opposite West Buildings, with the aim of creating a new two-storey food and drink destination. What’s new? Detailed proposals were approved by Worthing’s Planning Committee in autumn 2019 with discussion ongoing over a start date for construction on site.
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TEVILLE GATE HOUSE HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) signed the lease for the new contemporary Teville Gate House in 2019, announcing the new five-storey building in Railway Approach would become one of only five of its Specialist Sites in the UK. What’s new? After a topping out event in the autumn, contractors are fitting the site ahead of HMRC’s 800-strong workforce moving into the site later this year.
Plans to convert the Columbia House office block in Columbia Drive into 104 flats after plans were approved by Worthing Borough Council in 2019.Two new floors will also be constructed, creating space for another 10 apartments in the building. Developer Pullman Construction will also build three new blocks on the site with commercial space and room for 36 more homes.
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.
What’s new? Contractors began clearing the site in November with scaffolding erected around the existing building. Construction is expected to take up to 18 months
BOKLOK @ FULBECK AVENUE Innovative international housing developer BoKlok received approval in principle to create 152 high-quality low-cost properties by Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee in October.The majority of the new homes will be priced so they are accessible to local working families.The remaining 30% will be allocated for rent and shared ownership. What’s new? Pending agreement on final drainage plans and site conditions, construction could begin later this year with the first homes on the market soon after.
What’s new? Construction work on the first phase continues with the whole scheme due for completion in the coming months. The legal agreement (s106) is close to being signed for the second phase and work is due to start in the spring.
FORMER BEALES STORE Landlord St. Clair Developments received permission in December 2018 to refurbish a series of five buildings in South Street, which included creating more than 40 flats above the existing retail units. Revised plans for new flexible live/work units within a redundant store/office building off Bank Passage were approved in September. What’s new? With Beales now falling into receivership, St Clair has managed to lease the main store to innovative community department store operator 15:17 Limited and 4,000 sq ft of retail space has been let to seven independent retailers on the ground floor with plans for a gym, food court and office floorspace on the first and second floors.
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