Brighton and Hove City Council has selected Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust to carry out a £200 million redevelopment of the King Alfred site on Hove’s seafront.
The scheme will include 560 flats – 20% of which will be ‘affordable’ homes for rent and shared ownership – as well as community facilities, commercial space and a public sports centre costing around £40 million.
In a decision overseen by councillors from all parties on the King Alfred Project Board, Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust were selected following a year-long competitive dialogue with specialist council officers.
Under the plans the existing 1930s sports centre will be demolished and replaced with modern public sports facilities including three swimming pools, eight badminton courts, a 120-piece gym, a gymnastics centre, café and crèche as well as a martial arts dojo.
The new flats will be built in four main blocks, the highest of which will be 18 storeys, and the sale of the homes will partially fund the development of the new leisure centre.
Duncan Innes, regional development director at Crest Nicholson, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Brighton & Hove City Council, along with our partners the Starr Trust, to deliver the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove. 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. We look forward to working closely with the council and the wider local community to bring our proposals to life and deliver new investment and vitality to the local area.”
Rob Starr, chairman and founder of the Starr Trust, said: “We are looking forward to working with our partners Crest Nicolson to regenerate the seafront to the West of our City and bring about real community engagement, such as family and young people’s events, community activity, skills development and training, cultural activities and much more. I know that the coming months and years will bring many challenges, but we will do all we can to give the city the very best of us.”
A planning application is expected to be submitted, with architects Haworth Tompkins and LA Architects, in early 2017 following a planning consultation exercise in the second half of 2016. The first phase of the development, including the new public sports centre, could be open as early as 2020.
Chair of the council’s policy and resources committee and council leader, Warren Morgan, said: “I’m pleased that we can now show residents the initial designs of what will be a high-quality but deliverable leisure centre on the King Alfred site. It’s important we consult with local residents however it is vital that we move forward with the much-needed and unavoidable replacement of the 90-year old facility, one that costs huge sums to keep running.”