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Hopkins homes in on gateway to regeneration in Hastings

Hopkins Architects has won planning permission for this £72 million transformation of a derelict goods yard to form a new gateway to the centre of Hastings.

The approved Station Plaza project includes 102 apartments as part of one of the government's seven Millennium Community sustainable housing schemes.

The development is intended to create an 'impressive, vibrant gateway' for the town, connecting the station, which opened last October, with the rest of Hastings.

The scheme comprises 13,000m 2of educational premises, a 3,000m 2primary healthcare centre and 7,500m 2of office and retail space. It is intended that it will accommodate 900 employees and a large number of students.

The project's design team is led by Scott Wilson as project manager and consulting engineer, with Hopkins as lead architect, supported by Bill Dunster, Gardiner & Theobald as cost consultant, Chris Blandford Associates as landscape architect and Atkins as transport consultant.

Construction is expected to start in 2006.

by Rob Sharp

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