September 2020 In this issue Colonnade House in expansive mood
Citizen WiFi coming to a street near you State-of-the-art health hub take step forward
BACKING BOUNCE BACK New homes, new public realm and major projects to help our town centres recover from lockdown
By Martin Randall, Director for the Economy Welcome to this new edition of BuildingAW the magazine that keeps you up to date with major economic developments in your communities. Unlike the last version this edition comes to you in unprecedented times. Even now there is an air of unreality in what has happened with the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. I very much hope you and your loved ones are managing to cope as well as you can during this difficult time. Here at the Directorate for the Economy at Adur & Worthing Councils these have been challenging times too.With the economy rapidly
CONTENTS 3 WELCOME 4 BUILDING A POST-LOCKDOWN FUTURE 11 KICK OFF FOR ALBION’S NEW PREMIER LEAGUE FACILITIES 12 GREEN LIGHT FOR RIVERSIDE SCHEME
contracting and businesses, large and small, coming under incredible strain events have been changing day by day. What I will say is that we have striven to keep our eye on the ball so that we can best serve our local economy both as it battles to survive the pandemic and so that we are ready to help with the bounce back we so obviously need. Firstly I was very proud of our teams for the quick and efficient way they processed millions of pounds of government grants for local businesses to keep them going during lockdown.This was exhausting work but I hope those who received the
much-needed money will agree it came quickly and with the minimum of fuss. And secondly I hope this magazine will show we have not been sitting back and waiting for events to unfold.We have continued with our medium and long-term planning for the economy and indeed, with our new programme And Then, intend to speed up and strengthen interventions and support for businesses, entrepreneurs and our community everywhere we can.The road ahead is going to be bumpy but we will complete the journey if we take it together.
13 GRAND DESIGNS FOR UNION PLACE
19 CITIZEN WIFI ON THE WAY
14 CREATIVE AMBITION: EXPANSION PLANS FOR COLONNADE HOUSE 16 WORK UNDERWAY AT NEW MONKS FARM 17 QUALITY LOW COST HOMES FOR ALL
20 BREAKING GROUND TO DELIVER NEW COUNCIL HOMES 21 HEALTH HUB PLANS APPROVED 22 UPDATES FROM ADUR 25 UPDATES FROM WORTHING
18 JOBS SECURED BY COUNCIL INVESTMENT
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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
“There are few folks who would have anticipated 2020 turning into the extremely challenging time it has. Our normal way of life has been decimated, along with the expected growth in our economic prosperity. In March, a large part of society simply stopped. As is often the case with disasters, it does bring out the very best in our community. The Council played its part - not least by distributing millions of pounds of Government support to hundreds of grateful local businesses. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Business confidence is starting to return and it’s good to see work
has restarted on major projects such as New Monks Farm and Free Wharf. Further building has recently been authorised for Kingston Wharf and the application for the West Sompting development is expected to be submitted very soon. Further Government support is on its way to counter the sadly anticipated growth in unemployment in the coming months. It is clearly not going to be an easy task to get things back to the way they were. But you can be sure we will be doing all we can to support you, as is clearly evidenced by the articles that follow. ”
“There is some irony in the phrase 20:20 vision is about clarity of sight and the fact that now in the year 2020 the world is facing a global challenge that no one had foreseen. Nowhere is immune to COVID-19, it’s impact and adapting to the huge challenges in how we live, work, play and thrive as a community. Worthing has fast moved out of the lockdown phase and is well on the way on its journey to recovery. As a council we are focussed on supporting communities and businesses to adapt and learn to flourish in a new way. Worthing is and remains a safe town to live and visit. Our seafront is
enjoying a great summer while our town centre and neighbourhood shopping centres are open for business. Understandably some people are cautious. But the traders have responded with an enormous amount of responsibility with a range of safety measures in place. Inward investment is continuing and work on key developments is progressing. As Worthing continues to show those strong signs of adapting and stepping up to the challenges ahead, we as residents have a key part to play in that by going out and ‘shopping and eating local’. Now more than ever we must show it is Time For Worthing. ” BuildingAW Magazine - September 2020 | 3
BUILDING A POST-LOCKDOWN FUTURE TOWN CENTRES TO GET URGENT ATTENTION AS REBOOT BEGINS • New homes • Open spaces • Investment • Backing new business
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BUILDING A POST-LOCKDOWN FUTURE
Everything from a lick of paint on seafront benches, grants to new entrepreneurs to major intervention in the local economy is on the cards as Adur & Worthing Councils seek to help our towns bounce back from the pandemic
Monatgue Quarter in Worthing Town Centre
We are now going to inject real momentum into our activities, using new investment models and actions that the recovery process will present to us
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From an emergency response setting, in which millions of pounds of business support grants were processed and thousands of vulnerable residents helped, Councils are now switching to recovery. In the next few months major announcements are due on key projects in Adur and Worthing and work is already under way to help reshape the nature of work, leisure and retail in the months and years to come. In the immediate future work is ongoing to ensure our seafronts look ship shape and money has been invested in opening up streets for pedestrians and outside dining. For example Worthing Borough Council has just committed more almost £700,000 to completely alter the look and feel of Portland Road. The Councils have committed to a programme, called And Then: Bouncing Back in Post-Pandemic Adur and Worthing, which looks to help the economy get back on its feet. Among the raft of actions are: • Grants for freelancers or ‘microentrepreneurs’ seeking new opportunities in the workplace • Accelerating major building projects to create jobs and new homes • Helping to expand local food production for sustainable and affordable produce • Bringing new impetus for the development of Citizens WiFi to create new opportunities
• Working with partners to develop biodiversity in local marine and estuarine systems • Realigning commercial and investment strategies to help shape the future • Using the opportunity to replan town centres as they rapidly change post pandemic In addition the Councils have recently launched their successful #WelcomeBackAW publicity campaign linking up with town centre traders to encourage residents back into town centres by showcasing goods on offer and the measures businesses have taken to ensure safe shopping and relaxing. The Leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin, said, “I understand the tremendous difficulties this lockdown has presented to the community and businesses which is why I think it vital that the Council takes a lead in finding ways to help us bounce back.” Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, said, “We have a programme of works that we are already involved in and, given that we’ve proved we can act quickly during the pandemic, we are now going to inject real momentum into our activities, using new investment models and actions that the recovery process will present to us.” For more information see: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/and-then
He led a team speedily handing out grants to business and now is involved with the rebuild We spoke to Andy Willems, Head of Place and Economy, about the challenges behind and ahead:
What is your role within the Councils and how are you involved in bounce back measures? It’s a really wide ranging portfolio including oversight of our events programme, Adur street markets and business support to name but a few. I’m directly involved in a number of initiatives to bring people back to our places and to support businesses to provide that engaging atmosphere. These include being part of the #WelcomeBackAW campaign, launch of the pavement licence scheme (for me it’s the alfresco scheme) the safety of our places, delivering new public realms schemes but, most importantly for me, reacting to businesses who came to the Councils seeking additional help to bounce back.
What was your role during lockdown? How did your department respond to the needs of businesses during this difficult time? The service changed overnight as our primary focus was on supporting businesses throughout lockdown.
Q&A WITH ANDY WILLEMS My team ran the Government’s COVID-19 emergency business grants.We had to create, test and deliver a new digital platform to cater for the distribution of these funds within a week. It was fast paced, high intensity and large volumes of emails but to date we have successfully distributed over £30m of funding to 2,500 businesses. As we eased out of lockdown, our attention turned to supporting firms return to trading as quickly as possible.The Worthing Observation Wheel is a good example.
Will housing play an important role in the future of our town centres and how? Housing is one element of creating a town centre for the future. Unlike cities and more urbanised towns, our places don’t have high density ‘town centre living’.We are already seeing a move towards greater residential units in the town centres with examples such as Beales in Worthing and Sunbeam in Lancing.
What is your assessment of the future possibilities for our town centres. Are they destined to continue to decline? There is no doubt our town centres are going through real change. This was happening prior to lockdown, unfortunately COVID has accelerated things.This is clearly evident by recent announcements from prominent national retailers about job losses, threats of administration and store closures. However, I do believe that the town centres will become a very different resource and have a different future. I certainly see a place for entertainment, health, community, independant shopping and leisure uses. But this will largely be dependent on the individual approaches of premises owners. This is one area where we are trying to intervene. The town centre, or high street, was originally developed as a social meeting place where people exchanged ideas, met friends and shared experiences. Not dominated by retail and shopping. I think we will start to see a shift back to what the town centre was originally intended to be, a social and experiential hub.
The Tap House in Shoreham town centre
Why are we encouraging the shift? With residential units comes people, with people comes activity, with activity comes economic spend, with economic spend comes new businesses, with new businesses comes a dynamic place. We do need to retain ground floor ‘interest’ but we need to bring people back to our town centres to support our town centres. Continued on page 8 BuildingAW Magazine - September 2020 | 7
BUILDING A POST-LOCKDOWN FUTURE
New homes, new jobs, a revitalised town centre
Ross McLaughlin, Worthing Dome Manager
What about culture, events and our seafront. How can the Councils help support these measures? These are vitally important. If we are to create ‘interest’ and ‘experiences’ to support the evolution of our town centres then all three of these elements are needed. For events and culture, we need to ensure we have a blend of both indoor and outdoor performances. We need to look for the interesting and unusual. Our partners at The Dome and Worthing Theatres have had a tough time due to the pandemic but they’ll continue to look for new ideas to inspire new audiences. We also have a real opportunity to bring ‘colour’ to our places through new public art and wellbeing activities. For instance, we’ve turned Worthing’s seafront shelters into an exhibition space - that’s a small example of what we can do to support this sector. As for our seafronts, they are our shop windows.We continue to seek new opportunities and, where possible, improve the experience. In Worthing we have installed new decked areas, secured new operators into vacant units as well as bringing the WOW to town, which is the biggest observation wheel the south coast has seen. However, we can’t rest on our laurels.
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Finally, another element which I believe to be important is wellbeing, health and leisure. We have seen an increase in outdoor fitness operators and ‘yoga’ on the high street in Lancing, whilst we have installed table tennis tables into open spaces. These uses are just starting to move into our town centres; I can only see more leisure uses coming into our high streets, both in store as well as outside experiences.
Are you optimistic about the future of our places? It would be wrong of me not to acknowledge that we are in a very different (maybe difficult) place with our town centres, and this isn’t just because of the pandemic. However, I’m very positive about what our places can offer and the ‘draw’ they still have. The gigabit programme will bring fast internet connection as well as new public wifi, new experiences and, hopefully, draw new businesses and people to our places. We talk a lot about quality of life but with lockdown changing the way people work and live, we will have to capitalise on this. There is a lot to do, and the Councils can’t do everything, but we acknowledge our role in ensuring our town centres adjust to the ‘changing of the high street’.
Part of the bounce back policy is supporting the growth of housing and office space in town centres to bring them back to life. The completion of the brand new HM Revenue and Customs building at Teville Gate,Worthing, is just one example with more than 800 workers due to move in shortly. Brand new health and community hubs are planned for Pond Road In Shoreham and Worthing Town Hall car park. At Free Wharf in Shoreham more than 500 homes are under construction and more homes are planned for the former Adur Civic Centre site which is just five minutes walk from the station. Lancing’s Luxor cinema, with iconic fascia preserved, has been converted into 12 flats and in Worthing, permission has been granted to St Clair Developments to create 45 flats above a newly-revamped Beales department store, ensuring the retailer remains committed to the town for years to come. Free Wharf in Shoreham
BUILDING HOMES TO HELP ECONOMY RECOVER Across Adur District the building of new homes, many of them affordable, has two aims. To meet the urgent need for new houses while also meeting government targets and to help the local economy by keeping people in the area There is considerable development activity to the west of the District. Cala Homes has started constructing the first phase of the 600 dwellings approved at New Monks Farm in Lancing and Persimmon Homes has submitted its revised proposals to build 520 homes at West Sompting. Both these sites approved as part of the Adur Local Plan will make a significant contribution to meeting the Districts future housing needs. Another example is Shoreham where the building of houses is one plank of a policy aimed at ensuring life and commerce is retained in our town centres. Companies Hyde Housing and Southern Housing are currently responsible for more than 1,000 new homes being built in the town, well over half of them qualifying under the Homes England affordable housing criteria.This is significantly above the required 30 per cent level and for Adur District Council this means more young people might be able to stay in the area rather than having to move away. Hyde Housing is building at Ropetackle North, the former Adur Civic Centre site, and Kingston
Wharf Meanwhile Southern Housing is building at Free Wharf and The Mannings. On the biggest site, Free Wharf, Southern views the development of 540 homes, 162 of which are affordable, as a good opportunity to develop a disused site at Shoreham Harbour and offer long-term solutions to the local housing crisis. At Free Wharf, the company is to offer an array of tenures to suit the needs of a wide range of people, from young people starting out to older people looking to downsize. Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Brian Boggis, said: “These homes are much needed in Adur to prevent our young people having to move away and the majority are built on brownfield sites. They also have the benefit of bringing life and footfall into our towns so they can continue to develop. “This is especially important in the post pandemic world when we will need a real mix of opportunities to ensure our town centres do not just die away. If I were someone looking to set up business, a small retail shop or a restaurant I would definitely take a look at Adur.”
Ropetackle North Development
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Teville Gate House
TOPPING OUT AT TEVILLE Plans to create a new town centre office block in Worthing which could house more than 800 workers are progressing at pace
Last month a major milestone was reached as the last paving slab was laid on the roof of the new five-storey development in Railway Approach. To mark the occasion, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, joined representatives of HMRC for the topping out ceremony. Cllr Humphreys said: “It is fantastic to see the project on course to bring huge benefits to Worthing and we want to congratulate the team for their hard work to make this possible. Teville Gate House will boost local business and support our ongoing work to improve the vitality of the borough and to make the station 10 | BuildingAW Magazine - September 2020
a more welcoming approach into Worthing.” Demolition work on the out-dated vacant office block was carried out last year. Recent months have seen contractors erect a steel frame with recent focus switching to completing the roof and external facade. Construction was delayed for a month due to lockdown but teams are back on site with social distancing measures in place.This means the development is due to be completed early next year ahead of HMRC moving in. Alan Tume, HMRC Regional Implementation Lead for London and the South East, said: “Once complete, we will bring our team into Teville Gate House, which will provide colleagues with modern, flexible and collaborative working environments.” It marks a return to the town centre for HMRC, who were previously located at Teville Gate House but consolidated in other local offices when it closed in April 2010.
Meanwhile, plans to transform the Durrington site where the tax enforcement team are based have been approved for the land in Barrington Road. The application, brought forward by development managers Cannon Capital Developments on behalf of current owners Mapeley, is for 147 houses and up to 163 apartments. There is also provision for a 68-bedroom care home and 160m2 of space that could be used for shops or restaurants.
It is fantastic to see the project on course to bring huge benefits to Worthing
KICK OFF FOR ALBION’S NEW PREMIER LEAGUE FACILITIES Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club are pushing on with their grand designs to extend their world-class training ground at Lancing The club received backing from Adur District Council to invest a further £22 million to transform a corner of land to the southeast of the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in May 2019. The designs include building a ‘Club Hub’ and three additional football pitches. One of the Club Hub facilities would be to provide a dedicated facility for the club’s women’s and girls’ teams, who are currently based at the University of Sussex. This would allow it to train alongside the men’s team as the club looks to establish itself as one of the country’s leading Women’s Super League sides. Other resources include an advanced medical and sports science facilities, yoga and Pilates studio and changing rooms, which would be accessible for people with complex needs. Work began on site in the autumn and is already progressing at pace. Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader
of Adur District Council, said: “I am pleased to see Albion continue their investment in Lancing and the wider District.This is a Premier League investment by a Premier League club which will create world-class accessible facilities for footballers across Sussex. “Albion have shown that they are committed to investing in our community and I look forward to continuing to work this partnership for many years to come.” Albion’s executive director Martin Perry said the approval of plans are “fantastic news” for the club and the community, adding: “This is also incredibly exciting news for our women’s and girls’ programme, as it allows Hope Powell and her team to have a dedicated facility on site to cater for the senior players, and for our younger players coming through our Regional Talent Club. “It further demonstrates our commitment to creating an elite environment for everyone at the football club.”
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GREEN LIGHT FOR RIVERSIDE SCHEME More than 250 affordable homes and commercial space for hundreds of new jobs could soon be created in a high-profile riverside location after plans were approved by Adur District Council Looking east along the River Adur towards Kingston Wharf
The development will include a new riverside walk, play area and cycling infrastructure
Kingston Wharf will be transformed into a modern contemporary development
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The Hyde New Homes scheme, which is the latest proposal for industrial land on the banks of the River Adur, will see Kingston Wharf transformed into a modern contemporary development. Adur District Council’s Planning Committee approved the proposal to create three blocks of 255 highquality one, two and three bed apartments on the former Shoreham Harbour site last month (July). Thanks to Homes England funding, all of these properties will be made available as affordable housing, either through shared ownership (163 units) or social rented (92 units). A new business centre will also be built on the Brighton Road site, providing space for start-up businesses which will create 229 jobs and contribute £2 million a year to the local economy. Also included will be a new riverside walk, play area, cycling infrastructure and parking for 155 bikes and 286 cars. In addition to a range of housing to meet local demand, the plans will see a mix of offices, self-storage and flexible units created in a new
enterprise centre, along with a new cafe. With previous plans deferred to allow for design changes, councillors agreed the alterations, which included the introduction of metal work on the riverside-facing balconies and variations in brick colour, made the scheme more attractive. The committee also welcomed the sustainable features of the scheme, such as solar panels and temperature and ventilation management systems, which will reduce carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent.There is also potential to connect the development to the Shoreham Harbour District Heating System. As part of the agreement, developers will contribute more than £900,000 towards highway improvements and the cost of a cycle path along the A259. Further sums of £65,000 for a new playground and £236,000 towards providing a replacement medical centre at Pond Road will also be secured through Section 106. With the scheme now approved in principle, developers said work could start early next year.
GRAND DESIGNS FOR UNION PLACE
Photo credit: LCR / James Bastable Photography LTD
A decision on outline planning consent to transform a prime town centre site in the heart of Worthing is set to be made by councillors this Autumn Looking to accelerate the regeneration of a prime town centre site,Worthing Borough Council acquired Union Place in 2018 before entering into a land pool agreement with government-owned regeneration specialist LCR. Under the land pool agreement, both parties have been working together to bring forward a viable scheme for the 2.6 hectare site, large parts of which have sat empty for more than a decade. After extensive work behind the scenes, an application for 186 homes, commercial space, a hotel, cinema extension to the Connaught Theatre and public realm enhancements was submitted in spring.The parties are
currently working through the details of the application with the Council and reviewing consultation responses. Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee expects to make a decision on the outline planning application in the near future. A reserved matters planning application with detailed designs would be required before any work starts on site. If approved, development of the 2.6 acre site would take place in two phases, with the residential and hotel elements to the east of the site set to be constructed first on the site of the old Worthing police station. The second phase - which includes the cultural elements, such as the cinema extension - would then follow. A spokeman for LCR, said: “This long-neglected part of the town has the potential to create real value for Worthing, with new housing, amenities and jobs.” “Over the past few years, we’ve established a great partnership with Worthing Borough Council. Its progressive approach and clear vision for the site’s transformation has been pivotal to bringing forward our plans.”
The redevelopment of the site is supported by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Council’s progressive approach and clear vision for the site has been pivotal to bringing forward our plans
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CREATIVE AMBITION Expansion plans for Colonnade House
Detailed plans to develop and expand Worthing’s successful creative hub into a launchpad for digital firms of the future have been unveiled Since opening in 2016, the Worthing Borough Council-owned Colonnade House has provided space for dozens of local artists and designers to create and showcase their talents to the wider world. Now the local authority wants to build on these foundations, enhancing and expanding the creative hub on the corner of Warwick Street and High Street into neighbouring derelict buildings. The aim is to support the town’s growing creative industries, with the prominent building set to be
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equipped with gigabit broadband to support those working in areas such as animation, augmented reality, games development and visual arts. Ahead of a planning application being submitted later this year, the Council has undertaken consultation to listen to views and comments on the initial proposals. An online survey attracted a wide range of comments from hundreds of people.These will be used to support the drawing up of the planning application. Councillor Heather Mercer,
Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said: “Colonnade House has been an undoubted success since opening in 2016, with the gallery area and workspace above proving extremely popular and oversubscribed. “We now want to build on this, ensuring we retain what is special about the creative hub while opening the offer to the digital industries and bringing some derelict empty space back into use.” https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/
The studios at Colonnade House are home to a range of talented artists who work within the creative industries. Meet some of them below...
John Bond (AKA iamjohnbond) is an illustrator, author and artist. Originally hailing from a farm in the Cotswolds, he now lives and works in Worthing. With a background in animation and digital media, John spent 7 years working at an award winning creative agency - designing and directing a range of projects across broadcast, digital, and interactive platforms. Now working as an independent illustrator and artist, he balances commercial jobs with running his online print store. John’s work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and he’s spoken at industry events such as Pictoplasma and Pecha Kucha. His debut book, ‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’, was nominated for best picture book in the 2019 Waterstones Book Prize. His second book ‘Mini Rabbit Must Help’ was published in June.
John Bond: https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/john-bond/
LAURIE ROWAN Laurie Rowan is an animation director represented by Nexus Studios. Throughout a studio-based and freelance career leading campaigns for clients such as BBC, Channel 4, Droga5, Disney and Google, Laurie’s work has achieved numerous accolades including a Children’s Bafta win and Lovie Award. His personal work has been met with global acclaim, having been covered by the top tier of design blogs, including Its Nice That, Booooooom & Creative Bloq as well as racking up in excess of 350 million views of his gifs. Laurie now regularly speaks at design events and recently opened Pictoplasma 2019.
Laurie Rowan: https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/laurie-rowan/
ALICE MARA Alice Mara is a ceramic artist with over twenty years’ experience and is widely acclaimed for her skilled craftsmanship and innovative designs. Her work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy, Christies, Fortnum & Mason in London, the New York Print Fair, and in galleries in Paris and Italy.
Photo credit: Alice Mara
Alice Mara: https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/alice-mara/
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WORK UNDERWAY AT NEW MONKS FARM
Work on the largest development in Adur for decades is underway after legal documents for plans to build 600 homes and an IKEA superstore in Lancing were signed
sq.m. of employment space
1,300 New jobs
Cllr Neil Parkin
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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 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. Representatives from Adur District Council - including Cllr Neil Parkin, pictured left - 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.”
QUALITY LOW COST HOMES FOR ALL Worthing Borough Council leaders have welcomed news that innovative housing provider BoKlok UK has stepped up its commitment to investing in the towns
Illustrations: Examples of homes on a BoKlok development
The sustainable, quality and low-cost home provider, which launched in the UK in 2019 and is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, announced the exchange of contracts on its first three developments. Worthing is the first of those with a planning application to create five four-storey buildings comprising 51 one-bed and 101 two-bedroom apartments on land west of Fulbeck Avenue now submitted. Pending approval, BoKlok homes will be priced so that home ownership is more accessible for local working families. As part of the deal, the Council would be able to retain control of 30% of the units, ensuring it can provide social housing to those on the local waiting list. BoKlok homes are completed using modern methods of construction, meaning they are high quality, with
low costs and minimum waste. Homes are manufactured off-site and feature high quality IKEA fittings. They are then transported to the construction site for assembly. The Worthing development will include a central communal area with an informal play area, ‘grow your own’ zone, boules court and timber pavilion structure along with a woodland play glade for children. Private car parking spaces including car club and visitors’ spaces will be provided along with safe cycle storage. BoKlok President, Jonas Spangenberg, said: “We are grateful to our partners and the local authorities we are working with who have been supportive in sharing our vision of sustainable, quality, low cost homes for all.” If plans are approved, the development could be completed in 2021. BuildingAW Magazine - September 2020 | 17
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JOBS SECURED BY COUNCIL INVESTMENT A 2.5 acre site is to be bought by Worthing Borough Council in a bid to boost the economy postlockdown
FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE SITE AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE INDUSTRIAL UNITS
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The Council is set to buy the redundant site at Southdownview Road,Worthing, the old EDF car park, and plans to create 22 light industrial units to create an economic and jobs boost for the area. The move comes as the Council launched its And Then programme aimed at helping communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the borough. In line with those themes, it has moved to intervene and buy the site, construct units and manage the premises itself to avoid it possibly becoming mothballed if it was in the hands of the private developer market amid current uncertainties. A report to Adur & Worthing Council’s Joint Strategic Committee last month highlighted the lack of affordable industrial premises in the borough which hampers companies’ expansion plans or even forces them to look elsewhere. Up to 47 jobs could be created on the site, it said. The Council would also benefit from an annual revenue stream and business rate contributions. Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins (above), said: “I’m delighted we are looking to buy this site because we can bring real
impetus into its development.We promised we would lead from the front in the fight to recover from the economic and social effects of the pandemic and this is one example of how we are going to do just that.” In total the Council has earmarked £5.8m for the purchase of the site and construction of the industrial units with the money coming from its Strategic Property Investment Fund, set up to help fund vital services through investment in property across the UK. A full commercial investigation into the site’s potential is to be carried out before the Council commits to the project but the report points out it already has around 500 assets it owns around the borough and 300 tenancies so it has experience in managing similar projects.
We promised we would lead from the front in the fight to recover from the ... pandemic and this is one example
CITIZEN WiFi ON THE WAY Ambitious plans to roll out free Citizen WiFi across Adur and Worthing could see ultrafast internet coming to town centres next year
The investment in gigabit ultrafast infrastructure by Adur & Worthing Councils is the next stage of a pioneering project to make the area one of the most digitally connected places in the south east. The first phase - the commercial roll out of gigabit speed internet to homes and businesses by Cityfibre - is progressing well with more than 3,000 properties already connected. Now the Councils are focussing on extending this digital highway to public places, with the creation of a publicly-owned high-speed network that will allow people to connect on the go. It will also support the development of an Internet of Things network - where computers can safely connect without human input - which could support businesses and the wider community bounce back from COVID-19. Examples of how this could be used include digital parking and cycle spaces which signal to users when they are empty, smart bins that send a message to waste teams when they are nearly full and interactive public art, which responds to users when they pass by.
Approval to release funding to support the Citizen WiFi project was agreed at the recent meeting of the Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee. The scheme will build on the ongoing programme to install fibre at 83 of the Councils’ assets over the next two to three years. Construction work is being aligned to Cityfibre’s fibre to the home programme. The network infrastructure will be owned by the Councils giving it greater control over costs and uses, as well as supporting innovation in the future. The whole project - including the rollout of gigabit infrastructure to Council buildings - has been supported by contributions from West Sussex Business Rate Pool (£1.25 million) and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (£676,500). Further funding could come from sponsorship although the Councils agreed that the network will remain free to use by all.
Cllr Angus Dunn, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Resources, said: “A fast, secure connection to the internet is central to 21st Century living -
and there’s no doubt it will have even greater importance for the post COVID-19 world as digital connectivity plays a greater part in all our lives.That’s why I am delighted to see us take this next step in creating world class digital infrastructure for our communities.” Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said: “A publicly owned council-run Citizen WiFi network for residents and visitors is the next stage of our ambitious plans to make Worthing one of the most digitally connected places in the region.”
A fast, secure connection to the internet is central to 21st Century living
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BREAKING GROUND TO DELIVER NEW COUNCIL HOMES Plans to create some of Adur’s first council properties for more than 30 years are underway
With the number of people on the housing waiting list on the rise, Adur District Council has acted quickly to redevelop the Cecil Norris House site in Ravens Road, Shoreham. Permission to demolish the disused 1970s block of retirement flats and replace it with a new modern block of 15 affordable homes for Adur Homes tenants was granted last year. Since then contractors Pilbeam have moved onto the site with the area cleared and timber frame now being erected. Brick cladding, curtain walling and aluminium panelling will contribute to the finished development, while the utilisation of smart sustainable technology throughout will reduce maintenance and improve the wellbeing of residents. Completion is likely by Spring 2021. Elsewhere the Council continues to develop plans for a further 55 homes in Albion Street, Southwick for those on its housing waiting list.
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Private developers received permission to create 50 homes on local authority land on the site in November 2018. But, now the Council has stepped in and received further permission to increase the number of units on site to 55. When complete, all of these will be available to individuals and families on the housing waiting list. With the site cleared, work on securing contractors to build the new development is underway. Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes housing, said: “These are the first of a number of proposals that we are bringing forward to create new homes across our area. “Even though we remain restricted in terms of land and finance, it shows we are serious about our commitment to create new affordable housing for people across our communities.”
These are the first of a number of proposals that we are bringing forward to create new homes across our area
FIRST COUNCIL HOMES IN ADUR FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS 50 NEW PROPERTIES TO BE CREATED AT ALBION STREET
HEALTH HUB PLANS APPROVED Tens of thousands of Worthing residents will benefit from radically improved health services after multimillion 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 highquality 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. Councillors praised the design of the new building and its sustainable features before granting approval at a virtual meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee last night (Wednesday, 26th August 2020). 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. “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. “Bringing together services onto one site like this will not only make it easier for those accessing care but also give our fantastic NHS workers state-of-the-art facilities to provide better integrated support.”
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 over time. The whole project is to be funded by Worthing Borough Council through borrowing which will be recouped through rent and income. Approval for the WICC comes just a few weeks after the adoption of “And Then ...”, the Councils’ short, sharp programme of interventions and assistance to help the communities of Adur and Worthing bounce back from the impact of lockdown. BuildingAW Magazine - September 2020 | 21
UPDATES FROM ADUR
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Ropetackle North Development
BIG BEACH BOX
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.
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? Work progresses at pace with the first houses complete and on the market. Completion of the whole site is expected by spring 2021.
What’s new? Boxpark received planning permission last year and work to bring the proposal forward continues.
POND ROAD, SHOREHAM
With social housing at a premium in the area, Adur District Council conducted a widespread review of all of its land to unearth pockets which could be developed.The Hidden Homes programme identified ten possible sites with about 50 homes set to be created on land which currently houses garages or are corner plots.
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? Councillors have signed off the release of funding to carry out detailed design work.The first plans are being brought forward this summer for neighbour consultation ahead of formal planning applications being submitted.
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 recently completed.
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New Sussex Yacht Club Clubhouse
SUSSEX YACHT CLUB
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.
Southern Housing Group is behind the proposal to develop 540 new homes at the former Minelco site in Brighton Road, Shoreham.The proposal includes 162 affordable homes, enterprise hub, restaurants and cafés along with riverside pedestrian routes, new cycling paths and pontoons.
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? Work is progressing on site with the first phase focused on flood defences and landscaping.
After staff relocated to other sites, Adur District Council, with support from Coast to Capital LEP, demolished the former authority headquarters in Ham Road, Shoreham in 2017 to ready the site for development. It has since been earmarked for up to 200 homes and approximately 1,000sqm of commercial space.
Persimmon Homes and The Sompting Estate is behind the proposal for the new properties on land south of West Street and west of Loose Lane in West Sompting.The aim is to build 520 properties which would complement the existing area of family housing and countryside, with 30 per cent set to be classed as affordable.
What’s new? A public exhibition on the initial proposals was held in March with work ongoing behind the scenes to draw up an exciting feasible proposal to create a vibrant gateway to the town.
What’s new? After withdrawing a scheme last year, developers continue to work up proposals in close consultation with local residents, community groups and other organisations.
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UPDATES FROM WORTHING
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The Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pier
SOUTHERN PAVILION The owners of The Perch in Lancing took over the lease of the Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pavilion last year, promising to transform the look and feel of the art deco structure. What’s new? Work on developing plans to transform the interior of the structure is underway with detailed proposals due to be made public soon. Bayside
TEVILLE GATE Plans have been afoot for more than a decade to redevelop the prominent privately-owned site, which links Worthing Station with the town centre. Mosaic, the owners of the land in Railway Approach, submitted a plan to build up to 378 flats and an 83-bedroom hotel on the site last year.The proposals for the site, formerly known as Teville Gate but now renamed Station Square, include bringing in a food store, a gym, spaces for retail units, restaurants and cafes and more than 300 new parking spaces. What’s new? After widespread consultation with the public and other stakeholders,Worthing’s planning committee are set to make a decision in the coming months.
BAYSIDE Roffey Homes is pushing on with £45 million plans to transform the 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 site has been demolished, foundations laid, the frame constructed and walls, windows and railings fitted. What’s new? Completion of the development is expected by the end of 2020. Close to 70% of sales have been exchanged.
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The WOW viewed from High Salvington
Landlord St. Clair Developments received permission in December 2018 to refurbish a series of five buildings in South Street.The proposals were intended to allow Beales to consolidate its operations by moving into a newly revamped 60,000 sq ft store.
The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) is the largest of its type on the south coast. More than 40,000 visitors took a trip on the seafront attraction last summer before it was taken down in October.
What’s new? Work on creating seven new retail outlets for independent traders is underway. Once complete developers will turn their attention on building 45 new flats above the ground floors.
What’s new? After a winter break, the WOW has been fully reinstalled for another summer.The attraction offers unparalleled views of the town, English Channel and South Downs. West Durrington
WEST DURRINGTON 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? Construction work on the new development continues with the whole scheme due for completion in the coming months.
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