Regeneration concepts presented for key sites get ‘thumbs up’ in Bognor Regis

The renaissance of Bognor Regis continues to gather pace with the Council’s endorsement of initial concepts being proposed in the seaside town. Although at a preliminary stage, the ideas presented on Monday evening by leading regeneration consultancy Urban Delivery to Arun District Council’s Bognor Regis Regeneration sub-committee, follows work carried out by an award-winning professional team on a feasibility study considering development options on the Regis Centre and Hothamton car park sites.

Karl Roberts, Director of Place at Arun District Council explains: “This study encapsulates the bold and innovative thinking we feel is needed to unlock the full potential of Bognor Regis. These sites have been waiting too long for the redevelopment proposed and the time is now right to make it happen.”

Significant investment already secured for Bognor Regis involving University of Chichester, Bourne Leisure and other parties already amounts to over £100M. This investment will build on the existing cultural and tourism attractions but add a creative and digital mix to support the expected influx of students and a younger generation of residents. The County Council are also committed to improving the road network and the District Council has secured grant support for major public realm improvements to the town centre.

Gillian Brown, Leader of the Council at Arun District Council comments: “Following extensive consultation in 2015 on what residents wanted to see on both sites, this study clearly shows we have listened. Our aim remains one of encouraging economic and social regeneration and to do justice to the opportunities presented by these key sites. Bognor Regis richly deserves the major investment which the town is attracting. New jobs, new housing and finally the new thinking needed to fully exploit the sites under discussion.” 

Improving connectivity between the town centre and the seafront, alongside creating a destination which will attract all rear round visitors were fundamental to the options developed within the feasibility study. The proposed linear park for the Hothamton site will direct pedestrian traffic to and from the Regis Centre, which will also be promoted under the concept of ‘Gardens by the Sea’. Central to this is the opportunity to build a 3,000 sqm Winter Garden on the Regis Centre site, integrated with the new theatre.

The rest of this iconic seafront site could have a hotel, a raised seating area around the retail and restaurants to improve views of the sea and possibly a roof garden/performance space above the new theatre. There will also be high quality residential accommodation overlooking the Esplanade with improved landscaping and traffic management.

Further residential accommodation, including provision for some affordable homes, is proposed on the Hothamton car park site. The new park could provide a variety of uses for children and adults in the form of new play area, adult gym and possibly a boule/petanque pitch. Other uses could include water features, public seating and cycle routes.

Niall McNevin joins the Urban Delivery team

Niall has worked at a senior level in both the private and public sectors, in two FTSE 100 Property Companies, Land Securities and Blue Circle, and as client on the London 2012 delivery and legacy programme for the London Legacy Development Corporation, Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Development Agency. He has 30 years of professional experience.

He is widely recognised as a passionate ‘ambassador and champion’ for Town Planning, Regeneration and Sustainability, listed in UK Planning Magazine top 20 eminent UK Planners (October 2012). He has been in teams twice winning the London Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence and been a winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Special Planning Award (2005) and the RTPI National Award for Equality and Diversity in (2009) and is a visiting lecturer at University College London Bartlett School of Planning.

The Lincolnite: Vision for £7m office developments in Lincoln signals 179 jobs

Outline plans for new multi-million pound city centre offices have joined prospective developments surrounding Lincoln’s ongoing East West Link road – signalling the potential for almost 180 jobs.

Lincolnshire County Council will consider a study into how two plots of land off the East West Link could be used for £7.25 million offices at a meeting on December 8.

Expected economic outputs from the development of the two plots is 179 jobs.

Artist impressions of how the new offices could look have been designed by CPMG Architects Limited, based in Nottingham.

The initial business case for the Kesteven Street development was submitted by Urban Delivery. The company have consulted with the City of Lincoln Council and sought evidence of demand from local agents Pygott and Crone.

When construction of the new highway is completed midway through 2016, Lincolnshire County Council will be left holding five land parcels alongside the road, of which three are considered developable.

Two of the three plots could be brought forward immediately, whilst the third will be required to provide temporary car parking for rail users until completion of the new Transport Hub in approximately 2019.

Working with contractors Wilmott Dixon, Urban Delivery has revealed designs for two plots (22,585 sq ft and 14,461 sq ft) of office space, and a ground floor cafe. The first block (plot 2) is located east of Wyvern House. The other (plot 3) is to the west of Sincil Dyke, shadowed by the Pelham Bridge fly-over.

Other development options considered included student accommodation, affordable housing and extra-care and health.

The report summarised that the most appropriate use would be offices, having the strongest market demand and would deliver a surplus along with possible grant support, with Lincolnshire County Council taking headline on the properties.

Published December 4, 2015

By Emily Norton