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’ concept proposals for Hove Station