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CONTENTS ON THE COVER: A HOMES REVOLUTION
WELCOME An introduction from Brian Boggis and Kevin Jenkins
LADY BEE MARINA Southwick’s new enterprise centre is proving to be a major attraction for new and growing businesses
Q&A WITH BOKLOK'S GRAEME CULLITON The MD of one of the most talked about UK's housing firms explains more on their groundbreaking philosophy
WEST SOMPTING Revised plans to create hundreds of new properties in West Sompting are set to be unveiled
FOCUS HOUSE How one office block has secured hundreds of jobs locally while providing Adur taxpayers with an income
GB MET INVESTMENT
WOW: WORTHING OBSERVATION WHEEL Operators thank residents for making Worthing's giant wheel a big success
SEAFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Updates on the new Beachbox in cafe in Shoreham and on progress for Worthing's seafront shelters
TEVILLE GATE HOUSE AND TEVILLE GATE Progress as teams start constructing a major new office block for HMRC
LUXURY IN LANCING A high-end development of luxury apartments within a stone’s throw of Lancing beach is all complete and selling fast
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FREE WHARF Work to create 540 new homes on the banks of the River Adur in Shoreham is underway
WORTHING TOWN CENTRE More on the plans to pedestrianise Portland Road, Worthing
THE DOWNVIEW PUB Much needed affordable housing is being created as a former pub in Worthing is converted into properties
ADUR: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
WORTHING: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
BUILDINGAW IS PRODUCED BY THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT ADUR & WORTHING COUNCILS TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS ON THEIR DOORSTEPS AND SCHEMES TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES
WELCOME A welcome from Brian Boggis, Adur's Exec Member for Regeneration
A welcome from Kevin Jenkins, Worthing's Exec Member for Regeneration
way from the turbulent scenes in Westminster across Adur we as a Council are moving forward with many of the exciting proposals set out to move our communities forward.
reating and delivering change, pushing boundaries and exploring innovative ideas is an essential role for any local authority in challenging times.
Already phase one of the redevelopment of the old Civic Centre site in Shoreham has been completed with the former car park transformed into a bright, spacious modern office block. The Focus Group have now moved in, bringing a significant footfall bonus to the local traders and plans are afoot to expand further the job count in the future, bringing further prosperity. Across the road on the old Civic Centre site itself, proposals are in the pre-planning stages and all concerned are conscious that such an important 'gateway' site should reflect well on the approach to the Town Centre.
We have made affordable housing here a priority with new partners Hyde Homes looking to deliver this. On the southern side of the Brighton Road, the old 'Parcelforce' site is at last coming to life and work is well underway on the groundworks at the Free Wharf site. Those passing through Shoreham will also have seen the frame of the new Yacht Club clubhouse starting to take shape. When completed, with the new footway in place, will provide a whole new river view to the town. Into Lancing, the final hurdles over the New Monks Farm development are being overcome and we are looking forward to 'breaking ground' there very soon while the consultation on the West Sompting site is expected to get underway shortly. All in all an exciting time of positive change for the future of the district.
Here in Worthing we are striving hard to break the mould and be ahead of the curve, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s securing and anchoring employment in our town, delivering a townscape that people can enjoy and call home or tackling head-on the real challenges in the housing market that we know has not been working well for decades. This is why we are entering into a partnership with Swedish firm BoKlok to bring new homes to Worthing, utilising Council owned land to provide a higher density of quality new modern modular built homes that will offer local people the chance to rent or buy a more affordable home.
This partnership will be a first for the UK and set a standard that we hope others will follow. Equally, I am really pleased to welcome the commitment by the HMRC to develop their new regional hub in Worthing at Teville Gate House, bringing 900 workers into the town to support local businesses. The work to develop our seafront and town centre also continues with the submission of detailed plans to create a quality seafront restaurant right on the beach. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shaping up to be an exciting 12 months.
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THRIVING COMMUNITIES AT LADY BEE MARINA
Artist's impression of Lady Bee Marina commercial space
outhwick’s new enterprise centre is proving to be a major attraction for new and growing businesses.
"... ENABLING THE GROWTH OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AND BRINGING JOBS TO SOUTHWICK" Shoreham Port has created the 14 new modern flexible units at Lady Bee Marina, which is just off Albion Street. Work on the £3 million scheme, which has been carried out by
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local firm Pilbeam Construction started in July last year and an exclusive opening event was held with Port representatives and partners this summer. As part of the Port’s longer-term plan for the rejuvenation of the wider Lady Bee Marina area, the new centre will add new companies to the Port’s already thriving tenant community and provide a boost to the local economy. The Port has continued to maintain its Eco-Port status with the new units, with features on site such as electric vehicle charging points, bicycle racks and recycling storage facilities. They have also installed a number of water-saving measures and solar panels on every roof, in collaboration with Brighton Energy Co-operative.
This means the units will increase renewable energy generation and power vital facilities including the Prince George and Prince Philip lock gates and the Port’s head office, Nautilus House. Tim Hague, the Port’s Director of Property & Development, said: “We are delighted to have
completed this estate, enabling the growth of local businesses and bringing jobs to Southwick.” Simon Pilbeam, of Pilbeam Construction, added: “We are proud to be part of this landmark development at the entrance to the Port. It's a testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire design and construction team. This exemplar project, on reclaimed land, is a superb addition to the portfolio of all stakeholders.”
A HOMES REVOLUTION STARTING RIGHT HERE IN WORTHING Sustainable and affordable homes could be coming to Worthing
BuildingAW profiles the ground-breaking scheme and Graeme Culliton, Managing Director of BoKlok UK, reveals what makes this style of construction so innovative Pages 05-09
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"WE DON’T JUST BUILD HOMES, WE INVEST IN COMMUNITIES"
Interior shots of similar BoKlok developments in the Nordic countries
Nordic revolution in homebuilding could be about to take root in Worthing before spreading across the UK, says the managing director of a pioneering company.
Developing affordable pre-built homes that leave average earners enough income to enjoy life, while also being easier on the environment, is the philosophy driving BoKlok UK. The company has entered into an agreement with Worthing Borough Council to create more than 162 sustainable homes at Fulbeck Avenue. The announcement of this agreement, the first such in the UK, created a storm of worldwide media interest earlier this year.
"We don’t just build homes we invest in communities," UK managing director, Graeme Culliton told BuildingAW.
BoKlok is a company with roots in Sweden and is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA. companies with blue chip credentials. IKEA is a world leader in functional and inviting homes and Skanska is a leading construction and project development company. The first BoKlok homes were page | 06
completed in 1997, and so far, more than 12,000 homes have been built throughout Sweden, Finland and Norway. Now that ethos is set to land in Worthing, subject to planning permission, creating much-needed homes for average income earners and also providing 30 per cent to Worthing Borough Council to provide homes for those on the housing waiting list. The land west of Fulbeck Avenue, which borders the new West Durrington estate, has been identified as a potential site for housing for a number of years.
The ‘modular’ homes would be created out of high-quality, sustainably sourced materials including timber, meet top environmental standards and be constructed quickly off site and moved in 95 per cent complete. Said Graeme,
"We initially presented to Worthing Borough Council in 2017 and they were very open and supportive. I think they saw the opportunity for something unique "... SOMETHING that would help deliver better UNIQUE THAT housing for people WOULD HELP who really need it."
DELIVER BETTER HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT."
Initial analysis indicated it could provide 45 homes using a traditional design approach with 13 classed as affordable. But with the average house price in the town being 11 times that of the average salary, compared to eight times in the rest of the UK, councillors were recommended to investigate another approach.
BoKlok, which means ‘wise or smart living’ in Swedish, takes a radical approach to affordability of homes, what it calls the ‘left to live’ principle, working out how much average income workers can borrow and pay for mortgages and only calculating house price once taxes and a ‘good cost of living’ is taken into account. It’s production process off site makes the construction cost much lower than traditional methods.
The agreement with BoKlok UK is set to treble the number of homes on the site, while providing local families in Worthing with more affordable options.
Graeme said he hoped BoKlok would be working on further projects with Adur & Worthing Councils and was looking to expand its model elsewhere in the UK.
GC: The business started in 1995 and was the brainchild of Melker Schorling, the then CEO of Skanska, and Ingvar Kampra, the founder of IKEA. Their vision was to provide low cost homes for all. BoKlok actually means "wise or smart living" and we take that inspiration to build homes with sustainable and high quality materials that are energy efficient, at a lower price. We have now built over 11,000 homes across the Nordics and deliver 1,200 homes per annum. We also have very high levels of Customer Satisfaction and have been the highest in Sweden for new home owners for the past two years. We don’t just build homes but we invest in communities. We want people and their families to thrive, which is why we also develop public spaces and safety zones around the properties we build, so that everyone feels safe and connected to their neighbourhood. So putting it simply, providing quality, sustainable, low cost home ownership is our ethos. BAW: How did you get involved in the Fulbeck Avenue project?
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BuildingAW: Can you tell us a little bit about your company, where has it come from and what is its ethos?
BuildingAW puts the questions Graeme Culliton, Managing Director of BoKlok UK, one of the most talked about home builders of recent times. GC: We initially presented to Adur & Worthing Councils in 2017 and they were very open and supportive. I think they saw the opportunity for something unique that would help deliver better housing for people who really need it.
BoKlok homes are made from wood — a renewable material. Every home is constructed in a safe and dry factory environment, and then brought to a residential site for final construction. Our homes are fully modular when they are delivered to site and are 95% complete.
After that initial meeting we looked at Fulbeck Avenue and we hope to be delivering our first homes there in 2021. We also hope to be doing a lot more with the Council.
We contribute to a more carbon neutral environment as we do not use excessive amounts of concrete, heavy machinery and vehicles, often found on building sites.
BAW: Can you tell us about your construction process? Why is it different from normal processes?
BAW: Can you tell us about your philosophy re affordable homes? Why does BoKlok think the ability to own a home is so important?
GC: We fit within the ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ sector. For us this means using off-site manufacturing techniques to construct homes that people want to live in.
GC: We actually think regardless of whether you rent or buy, your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and secure.
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Continued from page 07 Moreover it should be affordable and allow you to take care of your essential expenses, with money left over at the end of month to spend on other things.
We do extensive research before we commit to developing a site so that we are sure all of these criteria can be met. If we don’t think this can be done, we won’t go ahead.
BAW: Can you give us a rough idea of pricing? How do you calculate the level at which you will pitch price?
We work on a "left to live" principal which is taking two key workers in the UK who jointly earn average incomes, we calculate how much they can borrow and afford to pay for a mortgage once you take away taxes and a good cost of living.
GC: Everything is geared around developing homes that people want to live in, in pleasant surroundings, at prices they can afford.
"... A PIONEERING CONCEPT WHERE ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEETS THE HUMAN ASPECTS OF WHAT A HOME SHOULD BE" Below and far right:: Interior shots of similar BoKlok developments in the Nordic countries
BAW: Worthing was the first place it was announced you were planning to establish a site in the UK. Were you surprised by the worldwide level of media interest in the scheme? What do you put that down to? GC: We had a phenomenal media response, but this shouldn’t have been a surprise. Two leading brand partners are entering the UK market to bring low-cost home ownership to the UK. Skanska is a leading multi-national construction company and IKEA is a leading multi-national home furnishings designer.
WORLDWIDE MEDIA FOCUSES ON
hat the current state of housing supply in the UK is a hot topic could be gauged by the reaction that greeted the press release from Adur & Worthing Councils’ Communications Team that an agreement had been signed with BoKlok UK. As soon as the notice landed calls from media outlets around the world, including the United States, India and France began to pour in. TV companies began to request access to the company to pitch documentaries on the progress of any Worthing development. The search for low cost solutions to today’s housing crisis is clearly top of many news agendas. page | 08
Worldwide media company Reuters filmed Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, down at Fulbeck Avenue discussing the potential project. He told the cameras:
"In this current market it’s extremely tough for local people who are in fulltime work to get on the housing ladder." "This proposal could change that, giving these hard-working individuals a genuine chance to buy their own home without having to move out of the town." Worthing is not untypical of the rest of the UK. Many young people struggle to get onto the housing ladder and the Council’s waiting list for housing runs to more than 1,000 households.
BoKlok has taken the strengths from each company and created a pioneering concept where advanced engineering meets the human aspects of what a home should be – all very much aimed at those on average incomes. BAW: What next for BoKlok? How do you see the housing market changing in the next ten years?
Above and far left: Artist's impression of how a BoKlok community may look
GC: We hope to make further announcements on a number of developments at the end of 2019 and early 2020. Our first homes will be sold in 2021. Over the next 10 years we see the number of modular homes increasing significantly.
WORTHING AS BOKLOK HOUSING PROJECT ANNOUNCED Like many places on the South Coast house prices are more than 10 times average salaries. When the Council began looking at the Fulbeck Avenue site it was told traditional building methods would deliver far fewer homes and even less that were affordable. Enter BoKlok UK. With an agreement to licence the land the Council gets a third of the company’s units for families on the housing list and the rest of the lowcost modular homes will be within reach of average earners. BoKlok’s “left to live” affordability model looks at how much residents can afford to pay after tax and monthly living costs have been deducted, and usually assumes that people can use about 33% of their take-home pay for a mortgage.
For the homes themselves flooring and wall tiles are included in the price, and homes are fitted with an Ikea kitchen. The homes at Fulbeck could range from one-bedroom to three-bedroom apartments. As well as the low-cost model for housing, the company is keen to express its environmental credentials. Perhaps not surprising for a company with Nordic roots. It says it does as much as possible to minimise its impact on the environment by building in wood - ‘the most climate neutral and natural building material’. It adds that building in a factory lowers its environmental impact while it recycles most of its leftover materials with less than one percent thrown away. BoKlok insists its carbon footprint is less
than half that of normal building projects. While BoKlok UK wants to work with Adur & Worthing Councils on more potential projects, building up to 500 more homes, it has also made an open request to other landowners, particularly in the South, to partner it to build more modular homes and sustainable community developments. BoKlok UK’s managing director, Graeme Culliton said,
"We hope to make further announcements on a number of developments at the end of 2019 and early 2020. Our first homes will be sold in 2021. Over the next 10 years we see the number of modular homes increasing significantly."
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West Sompting, view from Loose Lane. Credit: Google Maps
Unveiling Plans for 100s of New Homes in West Sompting
evised plans to create hundreds of new properties in West Sompting are set to be unveiled.
Persimmon Homes and The Sompting Estate are behind the proposal for the new properties on land south of West Street and west of Loose Lane. The aim is to build 520 properties which would compliment the existing area of family housing and countryside. Developers have indicated 30 per cent of the planned homes will
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be classed as affordable, ensuring local people will have access to the property market. The scheme is being worked up in close consultation with local residents, community groups and other organisations. An earlier application, submitted in April 2019, included detailed plans for 100 homes, made up of nine one-bed, 44 two-bed, 37 three-bed and ten four-bed homes. Agreement in principle was also sought for a further 420, properties although this would require a more detailed application at a later date.
The proposal also includes the creation of a new community orchard and growing space along with cycling and walking routes between the site, Sompting and Worthing. Traffic calming measures, associated landscaping, open space/ recreation areas, provision of formal playing pitches, ecological enhancements - which includes an extension to Cokeham Brooks Local Wildlife Site - are also planned. Those behind the scheme are currently adjusting the proposals after feedback from the local community with revised plans due to be unveiled by the end of the year.
new £9.5 million office block which has secured hundreds of jobs locally, while providing Adur taxpayers with an income, has officially opened.
After a tour of the newly-christened Focus House site, councillors said they were impressed with the quality of the construction and the six-figure investment from their new tenants in transforming the inside of the building.
Growing communications company The Focus Group are proud new tenants of the contemporary-looking four-storey development on the former Civic Centre car park in Ham Road, Shoreham.
Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:
"... WE ARE PREPARED TO THINK CREATIVELY ABOUT HOW WE CAN USE OUR ASSETS TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE RETURN FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS" Adur District Council - which owns the building - has worked closely with the firm on the scheme, agreeing a long-term lease with the company which has allowed it to relocate from Southwick and have space to expand its workforce from 250 to 450 workers.
with top-of-the-range internet connections, games area and roof terrace just some of the perks for workers.
"... ONE OF THE BEST OFFICES IN THE REGION"
“In this current climate, it is extremely rare for local authorities to design and build offices to meet the local need for high quality employment space."
The project, which has been supported by £1.8 million of funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, was completed by April.
"But this deal shows that we are prepared to think creatively about how we can use our assets to get the best possible return for local residents.”
Focus said the move will ensure the retention of 250 jobs in the area while allowing it to continue to grow - with hopes of a further 150 to 200 posts created in the first 18 months of occupation.
The Focus House development has brought back into use the car park site which was largely vacant since the Civic Centre closed in 2013. Work started on site a year ago with construction teams from Willmott Dixon creating a striking brick and bronze cladded building on time and on budget.
Ralph Gilbert, of Focus Group, said:
“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 which we advocate and install for firms across the UK.”
Inside, the open plan office has a contemporary feel,
Below: L-R, Ralph Gilbert (of The Focus Group), Cllr Brian Boggis and Cllr Neil Parkin. Right: Focus House
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WOW! WORTHING WHEEL IS AN 'INCREDIBLE SUCCESS'
“We look forward to returning in the spring and welcoming many people to discover a very different side of Worthing.”
perators of the Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) have thanked the people of the town and beyond for making their first few months an “incredible
The 46-metre high attraction which is the largest of its type on the south coast - opened to the public for the first time in July. Since then, more than 40,000 customers have taken a trip on the WOW, which gives unparalleled views of the town, the English Channel, South Downs and beyond. The final day of the wheel's season landed on Sunday October 13 and Worthing Observation Wheel during a festival
specialist teams moved in to dismantle the wheel ready for storage.
After a winter break, it will be fully reinstalled in spring ready for another busy summer. Jan de Koning, Managing Director of deKoning Leisure Group Ltd, the wheel’s operator, said:
“With summer now over I want to thank everyone for giving the team such a warm welcome to Worthing. I think it’s fair to say it has been a great success.“ "The support and reception we have received for this attraction has been fantastic and I am delighted that tens of thousands of people have taken a trip on the WOW."
Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“In a short space of time, the WOW has become a wonderful seafront attraction providing amazing panoramic views of our beautiful town." "It has been a big hit with residents and visitors alike, giving our seaside town a unique selling point and providing another reason for people to come and explore our mix of independent traders, great theatres and wonderful coast.“ "This is just one part of our work to transform Worthing with proposals to improve our town centre and promenade. We look forward to the WOW being part of that journey." Worthing Borough Council entered into a three-year lease arrangement with de Koning Leisure Group Ltd for the WOW to operate earlier this year. The agreement was for it to operate for a six to nine month period during the summer before being dismantled each winter. The company, a specialist in leisure attractions, opened the attraction in July with the official opening seeing community and charity heroes from around the town gather for the first spin. Worthing Borough Council has incurred minimal costs for setting up the WOW with de Koning Leisure Group Ltd paying for construction and operating costs as well as assuming all trading risk.
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L-R: Cllr Daniel Humphreys and Nick Juba
INVEST TO LEARN Council Supports Creative Skills
reater opportunities for young people to pursue careers in the creative and digital industries are to be offered by GB Metropolitan College (GB MET) thanks to support from Worthing Borough Council.
Creative industries in the UK generate more than £100 billion a year to the UK economy and employ more than 2 million people. To ensure local people have the right access to skills needed within creative industries, Worthing Borough Council has loaned £5 million to GB MET. This funding will support the creation of a major new digital and creative industry centre in Brighton and the development of a range of degree courses at the Worthing campus. Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council and chairman of Greater Brighton, heard more about the
plans during a tour of the campus with CEO of GB MET, Nick Juba. Cllr Humphreys said:
“We've been able to facilitate millions of pounds of investment into GB MET, which has helped bring all that extra provision, right here into their West Durrington campus in Worthing. "This has been fantastic, and I think it can only get bigger and better in the future to the benefit of the education sector, and the residents here in Worthing.” In the last three years 1,142 students from Adur and Worthing have studied at the Pelham Campus in Brighton. The new facility would allow the college to locate all its creative industries higher education programmes in West Durrington, in partnership with the University of Arts London. From September next year GB MET
plans to become the only college in the country to offer University of the Arts London validated degrees to all of its Creative Industries undergraduates. The University is ranked the second best university in the world for art and design. In granting the loan to GB MET the Council would be working towards delivering its commitment to championing the development of learning and skills in the borough. Chief Executive of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Nick Juba, said:
“It's a once in a generation opportunity for us." "It means that we can make a proper investment in buildings, in facilities, in teaching and learning around digital and creative industries and they're one of the most important sectors for us, locally, in Worthing in Brighton and across Greater Brighton but nationally as well.” page | 13
SHOREHAM BEACHBOX PLANS GET THE GREEN LIGHT
nternationallyrenowned development company Boxpark has received planning permission to create a landmark seafront dining destination and community cafe on Shoreham Beach.
The Brighton-based firm - who are behind acclaimed casual dining and retail developments in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley - received approval to create the Shoreham Beachbox at a meeting of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee. It will see a run-down toilet block transformed into a contemporary multi-purpose split level caferestaurant with a paved outdoor seating area and roof terrace with coastal and countryside views.
"... PEOPLE WANT TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITIES TO CREATE MORE VIBRANT PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE" Public toilets will be retained and upgraded within the building while changing rooms, a centre for water sports and community space for up to 90 people will be made available to local groups. page | 14
Speaking at the committee, developers said the coastal setting had inspired the design of the building with the intention of delivering the “best beachfront cafe-restaurant in the UK”.
"This is Boxpark’s first venture outside of London. Bringing a company with their worldwide reputation for creating exciting places for people to eat and drink is a real vote of confidence in Adur.
Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“It shows that people want to invest in our communities to create more vibrant places for people to live, work and relax with their friends and family.”
“There is no doubt that Beach Green is a special place and, providing this new exciting venue is managed correctly, the Shoreham Beachbox can bring immense benefits to our area.
The Council entered into a preferred development agreement with Boxpark for the site in Beach Green in 2017 and a lease for the land was signed earlier this year.
When complete, it is expected that about 25 jobs will be created while developers have made a commitment to use local contractors. To accommodate deliveries, the existing bus stop will be extended while the location of a Council-owned surface car park close to the site alleviated parking concerns. Roger Wade, CEO and Founder of Boxpark, said:
“Our intention from the start has always been to create the best seafront cafe-restaurant in the UK. With planning approval granted we have now taken a large step forward to achieving that ambition. We now commit to working with the community to make sure we deliver on our promise.
a vibrant destination caferestaurant which will put Shoreham Beach on the map.” Councillor Carol Albury, Chairman of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee, said:
“While we understand some of the concerns raised by local residents around this proposal, it was agreed the creation of this landmark building would deliver huge benefits while regenerating a dilapidated toilet which has seen better days.” Cllr Albury added that while the new building would bring something special to the area it was important that West Sussex County Council resurfaced the run-down shared pedestrian and cycle route to the south of the development.
“I’m confident that our plans will transform this site, turning a rundown block, which is a hub for antisocial behaviour, into a Artist's impression of how Shoreham Beachbox cafe could look
Artist's impression the revived seafront shelter in Worthing
vibrant beachside restaurant offering “spectacular coastal views” is coming to Worthing promenade after plans received the go ahead.
Nextcolour Ltd, working closely with Worthing Borough Council, is behind the scheme to create a two-storey food and drink destination on the site of a run-down seafront shelter opposite West Buildings. The contemporary structure, which includes outdoor seating area at ground floor level and a covered external first floor terrace, will become a new premises for Bistrot Pierre, who already have successful restaurants in south Wales, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bath. Those behind the scheme promise their plans will offer 'a modern destination restaurant with spectacular views and a landmark pavilion' which will draw thousands of visitors into the town. After an extensive period of consultation with residents and the wider public, detailed proposals were approved by the Council's Planning Committee at a meeting in October 2019. Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“I'm delighted these exciting plans for a landmark destination restaurant on the promenade have received the backing of the planning committee.” “This contemporary building really showcases one of the town's greatest assets, our amazing coastal views, and will draw thousands of people to a stretch of promenade beyond the pier. It is the perfect combination of the traditional offer of our seaside town and bright new modern offer.” At the planning committee meeting, Nextcolour outlined how its proposal for a high-quality facility would assist with the modernisation and appeal of the seafront by boosting tourism and the wider economic regeneration of the town centre. page | 15
PROGRESS AT TEVILLE AS CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW HMRC HUB
ork on creating the new hub for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in Worthing town centre, which will become home to 900 workers, is underway.
With Teville Gate House in Railway Approach now fully demolished, construction on creating a new landmark office directly opposite Worthing Station is progressing at pace. The new five-storey building is being built by McLaughlin & Harvey. Completion and occupation are expected in 2021, allowing the high-profile employer to relocate staff from Durrington and retain a presence in the town. The site will be adjacent to the separate privately-owned Teville Gate site, for which separate plans have been submitted and are being considered by the Council. Alan Tume, HMRC Regional Implementation Lead;
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Alex Bailey, Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing Councils; Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director from Hunter REIM; and David Larmour, Construction Director at McLaughlin & Harvey (pictured above) turned the first earth with spades to officially mark the start of the build.
"THIS PROJECT WILL BRING MAJOR BENEFITS TO WORTHING ..." Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Executive Member for Regeneration for Worthing Borough Council, said:
“This project will bring major benefits to Worthing, boosting local business and supporting our ongoing work to improve the vitality of the borough." “The development will also contribute towards plans to redesign and improve
Railway Approach in line with our wider public realm ambitions, creating a more welcoming approach for visitors who arrive in our town by train. " "We are delighted to see the build underway.” Alan Tume, HMRC’s Regional Implementation Lead, said:
"HMRC has had a presence in Worthing for many years and is part of the community. " "Once complete, the construction of its new specialist site at Teville Gate House will provide colleagues with the modern, flexible and collaborative working environments they deserve." “We are really looking forward to seeing the construction on the site progress and being part of a development which includes homes, retail outlets and a public square. Teville Gate House will bring us a step closer to achieving our transformation.”
NEW HOMES SNAPPED UP Luxor and Sunbeam Apartments are popular
high-end development of luxury apartments within a stone’s throw of Lancing Beach is all complete and selling fast.
Sunbeam is a collection of 32 two and three bedroom flats in South Street which teams have spent the last year constructing.
Ben Cheal, of developer Roffey Homes, said:
“The development has sold very well and the purchasers can see that things are happening in Lancing. " "The development has benefited from being close to the beach, and that was a key reason why we took the site on.”
Now complete, the development forms part of Lancing’s ongoing regeneration with developers saying the completed flats provide owners with homes they can truly be proud of.
Just a few hundred yards up the road from Sunbeam, the first residents of the converted former Luxor cinema have been moving in.
It certainly seems to be the case with the modern open plan properties proving to be a hit. At the end of September, only three of the apartments were remaining on the market.
The facade of the Art Deco building, which faces Lancing Station, was saved when Adur District Council’s planning committee approved redevelopment plans in 2017.
Since then, Shoreham-based Machin Group have converted and extended the building into 12 three-bed, one-bed and studio apartments. The interior will be completely transformed, with the rear tower enlarged and a second-floor roof extension added. Will Machin, managing director of the Machin Group, said:
“It’s fantastic to see new life being breathed back into the town and the Luxor forms an important part of that local regeneration." “Lancing is certainly on the up and has a lot going for it – direct trains to Brighton and London Victoria, great amenities including bars and restaurants and a coastal lifestyle.”
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New Affordable Homes set to Relieve Pressure on Adur's Green Spaces
ork to create 540 new homes on the banks of the River Adur is underway.
As well as new homes, the site will provide extra employment space with an enterprise hub, restaurants and cafés. This will be set within three and a half acres of landscaped public realm.
Southern Housing Group is behind the proposal to develop the residential scheme at the former Minelco site at Free Wharf, in Brighton Road.
This will give the people of Shoreham renewed access to the riverfront, new cycling paths and pontoons for maritime and nautical leisure activities.
RENEWED ACCESS TO THE RIVERFRONT, NEW CYCLING PATHS AND PONTOONS FOR MARITIME AND NAUTICAL LEISURE ACTIVITIES. The proposal includes 162 affordable homes, which meets the 30 per cent required in the Adur Local Plan policy.
Artist's impression of Free Wharf
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Exploratory work on the site started earlier this year with the first phase involving improvements to the flood defences of the site. Jeremy Barkway, Southern
Housing Group’s Strategic Partnership Manager, who led the Free Wharf project team said:
“Working in partnership with the
Council, neighbours and local organisations, we can ensure our proposals for the site provide significant benefits to the local community." "By developing this land, we are making the most of a brownfield site. This will help relieve some of the pressure to build on Adur’s green spaces.” Adur District Council have worked closely with the firm to deliver the scheme. This includes securing £10 million through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to support the provision of affordable housing on the site. Southern Housing Group will also provide a further £1.75 million for off-site local services such as schools, healthcare centres and highways infrastructure.
PEOPLE THE KEY TO BIG NEW CHANGE
quirky interactive wall and a seaside-themed public square are set to be the focus of major improvements to transform a key street in Worthing's town centre.
Above/below: Public Realm plans for Portland Road, Worthing
The proposal to pedestrianise the busy area of Portland Road is being developed by West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Worthing Borough Council, through the Worthing Growth Programme. After consultation with residents, councillors and businesses, detailed plans are now being worked up. Contractors have also began initial surveying ahead of work starting on site next year.
A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER AND SOCIALISE AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“These improvements have the potential to turn Portland Road into a vibrant destination for visitors and residents, as well as contributing to our wider ambition to regenerate the town centre."
Below: Colonnade House, Worthing
“I believe the plans are truly distinctive to Worthing as a location, creating a really special place where people of all ages can come together.” Along with a new continental-style boulevard, the proposals include creating an interactive art installation with revolving square cubes. This will be flanked by new planted ‘green walls’, trees and semi-vertical bike racks, all of which will make the area more attractive. At the heart of the new area will be a place for people to gather and socialise at throughout the day. page | 19
Exterior plans for The Downview pub
FROM PULLING PINTS TO PROVIDING SHELTER
uch needed affordable housing is being created as a former pub in Worthing is converted into properties supporting those at risk of homelessness.
Worthing Borough Council bought The Downview pub in Tarring Road last year to turn it into 17 flats to provide accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people and families in the area. Planning permission had previously been granted to convert the premises into nine flats and a ground floor commercial unit , with four houses built on the car park. Planning Committee has now page | 20
approved the proposal to take the development one stage further, replacing the previously proposed houses with eight additional flats.
Once the renovations are complete the new properties are expected to save the "... WE WILL Council £90,000 a year in temporary BE ABLE TO and emergency HELP MORE accommodatio n costs, FAMILIES, currently spent PROVIDING mainly on B&Bs of the THEM WITH outside area.
A SAFE, SECURE PLACE TO CALL HOME”
The decision to maximise housing availability on the site by increasing the amount of flats was taken as the Council looks to reduce the
amount spent on emergency accommodation.
Councillor Dr Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:
“This Council is committed to doing whatever we can to provide shelter for those who need affordable and suitable accommodation.” “The Downview pub is a rare opportunity to gain a location within our town. Once the conversion is complete, we will be able to help more families, providing them with a safe, secure place to call home.” “We will be supporting them to find more permanent accommodation, while saving the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds a year in emergency accommodation costs.”
GREEN GUIDANCE FOR MAJOR PROJECTS
ll major developments across Adur will have to meet strict and ambitious eco-friendly targets as part of a wider bid for the area to go carbon neutral by 2030.
turbines, battery storage and heat pumps. The new policy, which is known as the Sustainable Energy Supplementary Planning Document, will run alongside the Adur Local Plan, which was adopted in 2017 and will guide development across the area until 2032.
Just weeks after declaring a climate emergency across the area, Adur District Council has adopted Central to the document are three new planning guidance aimed at key aims: be lean (use less energy); reducing energy use and greenhouse gas be clean emissions from homes (supply "... ADUR MAY energy and businesses in the area. BE SMALL BUT efficiently); and be green THAT DOES Currently heating and (use hot water for buildings NOT MEAN WE renewable account for 40% of UK energy). energy use and 20% of CANNOT greenhouse gas An example of THINK BIG..." emissions. this is a commitment to renewable and low carbon As part of a wider bid to reduce those levels, the Council decentralised energy, which is will seek to ensure that new major produced close to where it will be developments meet high used, rather than at a large remote environmental standards. power station and sent through the national grid. It also aims to encourage those carrying out improvements to Large scale battery storage is one existing homes or commercial of the ideas proposed to meet this buildings to consider requirement. The Council is also eco-measures, such as solar water exploring the potential to develop heating, photovoltaics, wind a district heating network in
Shoreham to deliver affordable and low carbon heating to homes and businesses in the town. Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“Adur may be one of the smallest local authorities in the UK but that does not mean that we cannot think big and ensure that future developments are among the greenest in the country.” “This new guidance will make sure that the new homes, work spaces and community buildings created on the limited land we have will meet the highest possible standards.”
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UPDATES FROM ADUR
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Above: Demolition is complete on the Albion Street site
lans to create some of Adur's first council properties for more than 30 years have taken a big step forward after a deal was struck to create dozens of homes for those on the housing waiting list. Private developers received permission to create 50 apartments on local authority land in Albion Street, Southwick, in November 2018. As part of the agreement,15 of these homes would have been made available for social rent. But now Adur District Council has stepped in and taken over the whole scheme to ensure that all 50 units will be available to individuals and families on the housing waiting list. With the site cleared last year, work on securing contractors to build the new development is underway. The aim is for construction to start in spring 2020. The plans will see vacant houses, formerly used as emergency hostel accommodation, replaced by two contemporary buildings of between four and six storeys in height containing 44 flats. A further six flats will be created within existing semi-detached buildings which are located on the west of the site. 50 car parking spaces will also be provided.
CECIL NORRIS HOUSE Permission to demolish the disused 1970s Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road and replace it with 15 new modern affordable homes for Adur Homes tenants was granted in February. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new? Local firm Pilbeam Construction won the contract to demolish the building. That phase of work is now complete with construction about to start and completion likely 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 back into use. In spring, an agreement was struck to redevelop the land alongside the neighbouring library and health centre. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new? Under the direction of a new project board, WSCC will work with Adur District Council and NHS providers to create a new and enhanced health centre, a new library and community hub and other public services, in conjunction with the Shoreham Community Centre. The first stage will be the demolition of the care home later this year.
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Above: Adur Civic Centre site, ready for development
ore than 150 affordable homes are set to be created on a key Shoreham site as Adur District Council back a move to push on with developing its former headquarters.
Interest in transforming the former Adur Civic Centre in Brighton Road has been high as the local authority looks to create a high-quality attractive building which meets the needs of the wider community. After a national marketing campaign, more than a dozen bids were received - with councillors accepting a proposal from Hyde Homes as their preferred option moving forward. The deal, which has the support of Homes England, would see the Council receive a lump sum for the site with the firm then creating 171 apartments above high-quality office space for local small and medium businesses. Nearly 70 of these new homes will be for local families on the housing waiting list. To highlight the site's readiness for development, the red-bricked building was demolished in 2017 using money from the Local Growth Fund secured via the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. With councillors now backing the idea, the firm is starting work on a planning application and a detailed proposal could be presented next year. Construction on the new building could be complete by 2022. page | 24
MANNINGS, SHOREHAM Southern Housing Group has applied to demolish their existing block of 40 flats at Mannings in Surry Street, and replace it with a larger building of 74 one, two and three bedroom flats providing a mixture of shared ownership and affordable rented homes. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new? A widespread consultation with neighbours and other stakeholders has taken place with Adur District Council's Planning Committee set to make a decision in autumn.
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 through funding support by Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership and the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new? Work on the clubhouse began in spring and is progressing well. Once the new building is finished, the Council will build new flood defences along with preparing a new pedestrian priority cycle path.
UPDATES FROM WORTHING
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Above: Decoy Farm site
ajor plans to create muchneeded employment space on a key strategic site in Worthing have taken a big step forward after nearly £5 million of funding was officially unlocked.
Discussions around regenerating the former landfill site at Decoy Farm in the east of the town have been ongoing for decades with the cost of bringing the complex site back into use creating a barrier to development. That was until Worthing Borough Council successfully applied for £4.84 million from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund. The funding will support the complex environmental works needed to bring the seven hectare site into use so that light industrial units for new and existing businesses can be created. This would support the unlocking of the site, with the grant announcement leading to high interest from experienced developers across the region. Senior Councillors agreed to push on with a search for a partner, underlining the ambition that the land be used for light industrial units to meet the high demand from local businesses. As part of any agreement, any sale of the land would be dependent on successful planning approval, which would include works for remediation of the site, being obtained. page | 26
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.
WORTHING LEISURE CENTRE
As part of wider efforts to improve sports provision across the town, Worthing Borough Council is looking to create a new modern facility on the Shaftesbury Avenue site in West Worthing as the current structure is nearing the end of its life and is increasingly expensive to maintain.
What’s new? Work on a development masterplan to look at future options for the site is ongoing. Construction could start at the end of next year with an opening in the second half of 2021.
Artist's impression of Union Place
etailed plans to transform a prime town centre site in the heart of Worthing will go on display at a public consultation in November.
To accelerate regeneration of the major site at Union Place, Worthing Borough Council acquired it last year before entering into a land pool agreement with government-owned regeneration specialist, LCR. Under the agreement both parties are working towards 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, initial proposals for nearly 200 homes, commercial space, a hotel, a cinema extension to the Connaught Theatre and public realm enhancements have been created for the exhibition and consultation. Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “After years of
stalled schemes, finally we are seeing progress on plans which have the potential to support the town centre for many years to come.
“This exhibition marks a big step forward, and I hope as many people as possible can come along to view and comment on the plans, as it will play an important role in guiding the design and overall scheme moving forward.” Adrian Lee, development director at LCR, added: “We’re really excited about engaging with the community on our combined plans for Union Place. 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 year, we’ve established a great partnership with Worthing Borough Council.Its progressive approach and clear vision for the site’s transformation has been pivotal tobringing forward our plans.” Details about the exhibition and consultation will be available on Adur & Worthing Councils’ website in early November.
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 then, the site has been demolished, foundations laid and steel construction is underway. What’s new? Two large cranes have been used to create the frame of the structure with work on this nearing completion. A topping out ceremony is planned for later this month.
An ambition to create a major new housing development to include some shopping and perhaps even a hotel on the site of Worthing’s Grafton car park was discussed by councillors last year. The seafront multistorey is currently undergoing essential maintenance which will keep it open in the short term but the recommendation is that it eventually be demolished to make way for the new development. What’s new? A search for private sector partners who might be interested in a long term project to transform the site is underway. page | 27