Phil Parker - what is wrong with a food and drink based offering on Brighton Beach? That is what occupies much of the main promenade further up anyway. It generates revenue and is part and parcel of why toursts flock there.
Boxpark are also offering a hotel as part of the scheme as well as improved public realm (shared surface) on Madeira Drive, so there are also wider benefits.
I tend to agree with the thrust of what Upton is putting across here.
More dialogue, more engagement with the actual process, the actual site, architects asking really searching questions regarding end users / socio-economic impacts.
Not all developers are as progressive as U&I though. It would take a really brave architect to bring this sort of commitment to a project if the fees and commitment from the client were not there.
It is a two-way street after all.
One of the finest one off houses I have seen on your pages in a long while.
What a wonderful project and also genuine public space that makes the residents of Hastings feel like it is an extension of their town with numerous possibilities.
Brighton & Hove could really do with something like this to replace the old pier next to the i360.
As much as I love this trend of monochrome and monolithic contemporary brick architecture, where are the rainwater pipes, soil vent pipes and gas flues going to go?!
I just hope this ilk of architect is giving due consideration to the plethora of external everyday paraphernalia that necessarily adorns buildings - maybe they have thought of a way of hiding it all?