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LCE submits plans for scaled-back Hove Station development

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Brighton-based LCE Architects has drawn up new plans for a site near Hove railway station – a scaled-back version of a stalled competition-winning proposal from four years ago

The firm has lodged a planning application on behalf of developer Matsim Properties for 188 flats, 1,988m² of office space and 226m² of retail space on a 0.4ha former warehouse site.

The site is part of a wider 2.4ha proposal for which LCE produced designs – never submitted for planning – which included 250 homes, three new public squares and more offices (concept sketch below).

Nick Lomax, director of LCE, told the AJ: ‘We won the original design competition in 2012 but the developer has changed strategy, due to land ownership issues. We are now looking at a phased development for the whole site, with this as the first stage.’

The plans, now known as Hove Gardens, include a 17-storey tower, which Lomax said would act as a ‘beacon’ for the regeneration of the area.

The development would contain a central courtyard and the plans envisage the pedestrianisation of a street to the north of the site.

Winner: LCE Architects concpet proposals for Hove Station - Hove Exchange: aerial

Winner: LCE Architects’ concept proposals for Hove Station

Winner: LCE Architects’ concept proposals for Hove Station













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