Worthing Seafront neighbourhood secures permission

The practice’s design for a new seaside neighbourhood on the former site of the derelict Worthing Aquarena has been approved by Worthing Borough Council.

The new project will deliver 140 new homes of mixed tenure across a signature 15 storey tower and lower blocks of 2-6 storeys. The scheme also includes a beachfront pool and a further 640m2 of retail and a 140m2 beachfront pavilion cafe.

The new development replaces a disused 1960s building that was closed off from the street. In its place will be a new compact neighbourhood with active street-facing places for living and leisure. The tallest part of the proposal is a distinctive, fifteen storey counterpoint to the horizontal massing of the adjacent Splashpoint Leisure Centre, which acts as a marker of the start of the esplanade and the town beach. The initial simple idea of a garden square and beach pavilion has produced a lantern-like structure with generous and curvaceous balconies.

Partner Paul Appleton says, ‘We hope that it builds on Worthing’s seaside character by being direct yet having just the right amount of seaside playfulness. We have drawn on the rich history of this fine Regency resort, updating it here to meet the cultural context of the twenty-first century’.

Allies and Morrison has designed the scheme for Roffey Homes, a local family-run developer that has roots in Worthing going back more than half a century.