Brighton and Hove City Council has selected Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust to carry out a £200 million renovation of the King Alfred site on Hove’s seafront.
There will be roughly £40 million worth of community and commercial space, as well as 560 apartments, 20 percent of which would be ‘affordable’ houses for rent or shared ownership.
In a decision supervised by councillors from all parties on the King Alfred Project Board, Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust were selected following a year-long competitive conversation with specialised council personnel.
The present 1930s sports centre will be removed and replaced by a modern public sports complex with three swimming pools, eight badminton courts, a 120-piece gym, a gymnastics centre, a café and a crèche, as well as a martial arts dojo.
Sales of the new residences will help pay for the construction of a new recreation centre, which will be housed in four towering blocks, the tallest of which will rise to a height of 18 stories.
Crest Nicholson’s regional development director Duncan Innes 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 plans include first-rate leisure and communal amenities for the benefit of the community, as well as exceptional new mixed-tenure housing in this prime coastal position in Hove. We look forward to working closely with the council and the wider local community to bring our concepts to life and give fresh investment and vitality to the local area.”
We are excited to work with our partners Crest Nicolson to make our city’s seafront look better. We want to bring real community involvement, like family and young people’s events, community activities, skills development and training, cultural activities, and much more. I know that the future months and years will offer many obstacles, but we will do all we can to give the city the very best of us.”
Following a planning consultation in the second half of 2016, a planning application with architects Haworth Tompkins and LA Architects is planned to be submitted in early 2017. The first phase of the development, including the new public sports centre, might be open as early as 2020.
It’s with great pleasure that I can now present citizens the earliest plans for what will be a high-quality yet achievable recreational centre on the King Alfred site, said council leader Warren Morgan. Even while it’s critical that we communicate with the community, replacing the 90-year-old facility, which costs enormous sums to operate, is a necessity that must be postponed.”