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King Alfred Leisure Centre Redevelopment

Haworth Tompkins, LA Architects

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FROM THE ARCHITECTS (February 2016):

Haworth Tompkins and LA Architects designed scheme selected for regeneration of the King Alfred Site and Seafront, Hove, West Sussex.

Brighton and Hove Council’s Policy and Resource Committee have selected Crest Nicholson and the Hove-based charity The Starr Trust as their development partners to lead the ambitious redevelopment of the King Alfred Site in Hove, West Sussex.

Haworth Tompkins, who have been working on the proposals with the Starr Trust for three years, will lead the design of the new development, working with LA Architects on the design of the new leisure centre.

The redevelopment proposals include a leisure complex, a public square connecting Hove to the seafront, a community art centre, retail and workspace, and around 560 elegant new mixed tenure homes over a basement car park. The new development of the King Alfred Site will complete a two-mile promenade from Brighton’s Palace Pier, and will incorporate new public spaces and sea-facing garden squares, typical of Brighton and Hove, to provide an exciting space for the community to organise festivals or cultural events. The development will regenerate the site and re-energise with new life this lost part of the Hove sea front.

Steve Tompkins, Director and Founding Partner of Haworth Tompkins, said "Three years ago, at a public meeting at the King Alfred Centre, Rob Starr, Darren Abrahams, my co-director Graham Haworth and myself stood on the stage and promised that we would do our best to deliver a new development worthy of this extraordinary site. We are delighted to have now been selected by the council to carry out that task, and along with The Starr Trust, Crest Nicholson and LA Architects we are very much looking forward to re-engaging with the Hove community as we prepare to submit a planning application later in the year."

Mike Lawless, Director of LA Architects said: “We have been involved with the King Alfred as local residents, users and, for eleven years, designers. From all aspects this is a truly exciting opportunity for the people of Brighton and Hove to look forward to an outstanding leisure complex of which we can all be proud.”

Robert Starr, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Starr Trust, said: “It is a huge honour to be awarded this project by Brighton & Hove City Council. It is undoubtedly one of the most important developments within our City and we are thrilled to be part of the team that will deliver it. Having worked with Steve Tompkins and Mike Lawless and their incredible teams on this for over 3 years it has been a joy getting to know such capable, inspiring and decent people.”

Duncan Innes, Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said: “Our proposals incorporate world-class leisure and community facilities set to benefit local residents, together with outstanding new mixed tenure residential properties in this enviable location on the Hove seafront."
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