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Local firm wins Hove Station contest

Brighton-based LCE Architects has won the competition to redevelop a site in the Hove Station area, partly occupied by a bus depot

Project backer Matsim Properties chose the practice ahead of bids by the local Russ Drage Architects and London’s Orbit Architects.

Part of the plot between Ellen street and Conway Street will become available once the Brighton and Hove Bus Depot relocates to a new home in Hollingbury. LCE has proposed a new cultural centre, including a cinema complex and arts facility with galleries, exhibition spaces, restaurants and cafés for the site.

The mixed-use scheme, which Matsim said it would review before taking forward, also includes offices, 250 homes and three new public squares linked by a pedestrian route.

Winner: LCE Architects concpet proposals for Hove Station - Hove Exchange: public square

Winner: LCE Architects concpet proposals for Hove Station - Hove Exchange: public square

Comment:

Local resident and SaveHOVE co-ordinator Valerie Painter: ’Hove is laid out for late 19th, early 20th century needs close to the seafront  Development over the last 50 years up to the Downs has dramatically shifted those needs northward.  Sadly, Brighton & Hove City Council still sees Hove Station as ‘suburban’ and seesk to retain dominant B1/B8 use there.

‘We now have a rare tabula rasa chance to reconfigure how Hove ‘works’ by shifting the destination emphasis to Hove Station and to use it to draw in maximum economic opportunity with minimum local impact. This is a tall building node with a very small overshadowing issue to design for too.  Pity there is no Council-sorted Planning Brief though!

‘Matsim seek redevelopment south of the railway lines only.  However, just over the tracks, The Sackville Trading Estate, a derelict factory and other bits in the Newtown Road area could, ideally, be redeveloped in tandem with Matsim to achieve a truly coherent outcome.  If only!

Hoveneeds a new leisure centre to replace King Alfred, and schools.  I would put both in the Hove Station area between Ellen Street and Old Shoreham Road, together, with shared sports facilities.  Matsim want a cinema and this is right.

I met with Andy Lambor [from Matsin] and Nick Lomax [from LCE] on Monday morning and discussed all this and the LCE design proposal. This redevelopment must reflect Hove’s expansive, grownup ambience in the end and avoid predictable button-pushing elements that developers know make them money.  Fearless changes are needed to proposals in order to achieve this and to attract the best occupants. 

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