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Gough leaps to Gehry's defence in Hove

Piers Gough, one of the driving forces behind Frank Gehry's King Alfred proposals for Hove, has written a defence of the hugely contentious scheme.

The CZWG principal has attempted to respond to criticism from both CABE and English Heritage.

His comments come in a lengthy document he produced for the latest iteration of Gehry's planning application, which is being processed at the moment.

It is widely understood that Gough was instrumental in bringing Gehry to the South Coast to work on the King Alfred project, which would see two towers of residential units and a new leisure centre for the city. It has been dubbed 'Tin Can Alley' by locals.

But Gough's document is insistent that the scheme - which has been plagued by local opposition - is of a high architectural standard.

'CABE and English Heritage have raised concerns, but not objections, and these have been carefully considered in the design development as well as following the guidance in the letters received,' he said.

'This is a grand public project in an important position across the main carriageway.

'The skill of the architect is in manipulating the high-, medium- and low-rise elements of the design to mediate between the existing very mixed qualities of the close and more distant surroundings and a major new landmark public project for the city,' Gough's document concludes.

by Ed Dorrell

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