Crest Nicholson & Starr Trust selected for £200 million redevelopment of King Alfred site, Hove

Crest Nicholson, in partnership with the Starr Trust, has been selected by Brighton and Hove City Council for a £200 million redevelopment of the King Alfred site on Hove’s seafront.

The scheme will include a modern public sports centre costing around £40 million, a development of 560 flats – 20 per cent of which will be affordable homes – as well as community facilities and commercial space.

Duncan Innes, Regional Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said:

“We’re delighted to have been selected by Brighton & Hove City Council, along with our partners the Starr Trust.

“Our proposals incorporate world-class leisure and community facilities set to benefit local residents, together with outstanding new mixed tenure residential properties in this enviable location on the Hove seafront.

“We look forward to working closely with the council and the wider local community to bring our proposals to life and deliver new investment and vitality to the local area.”

Under the current plans, the existing 1930s sports centre will be demolished and replaced with modern public sports facilities including three swimming pools, eight badminton courts, a 120-piece gym, a gymnastics centre, café and crèche as well as a martial arts dojo.

Around 560 flats will be developed in four main blocks, the highest of which will be 18 storeys. Around 20 per cent of these homes will be affordable, for either rent or shared ownership.

The private units will comprise properties for sale and the private rented sector. The sale of these flats will partially fund the development of the new leisure centre.

Chair of the council’s policy and resources committee and council leader, Warren Morgan, said:

“I’m pleased that we can now show residents the initial designs of what will be a high-quality but deliverable leisure centre on the King Alfred site.

“It’s important we consult with local residents, however, it is vital that we move forward with the much-needed and unavoidable replacement of the ninety-year old facility, one that costs huge sums to keep running.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted with architects Haworth Tompkins and LA Architects in early 2017 following a planning consultation exercise in the second half of 2016.

The first phase of the development, including the new public sports centre, could be open as early as 2020.