Civic Centre future plans revealed

Adur Civic Centre

Adur Civic Centre

  • Preferred bidder named as KSD Steelrock Estates Ltd
  • Plans include new digital skills academy
  • New business and residential space, plus Focus relocating
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ADUR Civic Centre could become a new digital skills academy, alongside new business and residential space.

Plans have been formed by KSD Steelrock Estates Ltd, which has today been named by Adur District Council as the preferred bidder.

The Civic Centre is on a landmark site in Shoreham and the redevelopment is significant for town. It is seen as a major step forward in Shoreham’s growth as a centre of living, working and learning.

Council leader Neil Parkin said: “I am delighted to see the creation of new jobs, new skills and new residences for the people of Shoreham.

“The Civic Centre site has been a target for our town’s regeneration efforts, and I am so pleased to be announcing KSD Steelrock as our preferred developer.

“I fully believe that their ambitions match the district council’s when it comes to creating long-term value for the town and its community.”

I fully believe that their ambitions match the district council’s when it comes to creating long-term value for the town and its community

Neil Parkin, Adur District Council leader

Social and economic regeneration are at the forefront of the council’s plans. Executive members and council officers say they are in no doubt that the proposal brings sharp focus on to the long-term impact of this key site.

James Appleton, the council’s head of economic growth, said: “The marketing for this site has been thorough and robust, resulting in a range of high-quality submissions.

“Working with KSD Steelrock will allow us to drive forward our ambitious Catching The Wave agenda, which focused the councils’ sights firmly on growing our economies and our places to provide vibrant spaces to live, work and enjoy.”

Full details of the plan will be open to public consultation but the key highlights are:

• The foundation of a digital academy on the former staff car park site, to accelerate the growth of digital skills in the local economy.

• The relocation of major employer Focus from Southwick, protecting 150 local jobs and providing expansion space for the firm to double in size.

• The provision of a range of spaces suitable for the town’s businesses to expand into, or micro businesses to operate from.

• A number of high-quality residential units, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, 30 per cent of which will be affordable properties.

• Hotel accommodation suited to the needs of business and leisure visitors.

• High-quality landscaping and design, maximising the attractiveness not only of the development itself, but of the views through the development to the river frontage.

Rupert English, chief executive at KSD Steelrock, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as preferred developer for this landmark site.

“We are looking forward to working in close co-operation with both Adur District Council and the wider local community to deliver a development that combines an iconic design conceived by renowned local architect, Conran and Partners, with facilities which address local needs.”

Ralph Gilbert, managing director at Focus, is enthusiastic about the opportunities that expanding the business into Shoreham will bring.

He said: “We are really excited about being part of the redevelopment of the Adur Civic Centre site.

“We can now concentrate on growing our business within the local area without the space restrictions we have in our current premises and ensuring our business can expand in an area convenient to our existing team.

“We very much look forward to being a big part of Shoreham’s community in these exciting times.”

Public and stakeholder consultations will be held in the coming months to discuss the design and development of the Adur Civic Centre site, which incorporates both the civic centre and the staff car park opposite, and it is anticipated that a full planning application will be forthcoming in the autumn of this year.