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Plans revealed for the “ugliest building in Sussex”
Multi-million-pound plans to replace a tower dubbed the “ugliest building in Sussex” have been revealed.
The 13-storey Anston House tower in Preston Road, Brighton, is at the gateway to the city but has been derelict for 20 years.
Developers have now submitted £44 million proposals to redevelop the 1.5-acre site to Brighton and Hove City Council .
The plans for the five-high rise blocks include 231 new homes and 1,985sq m of non-residential space including offices for the creative, digital and IT sector.
Space in the buildings, which are up to 14 storeys tall, has also been put aside for a gym, café and children’s nursery.
Simon Gawthorpe, of Urban Splash, the regeneration firm which is leading the project, said: “The location of the building is in one of the ‘tall building corridors’ identified by the council and it is the right place in which to build a fairly dense residential development.
“It is opposite a large public park and well-connected in terms of public transport and walking distance to jobs and leisure in the city.
“We factored in all considerations regarding height, effect on neighbours, good design and the very great need for housing in the city and have undergone exhaustive tests to create the optimum balance of design quality, financial viability and social and community benefits.”
Specialist private bank Investec took over the site last year when previous owner Bridgetown, which bought the site for £10.7 million in 2007, went into liquidation.
A public consultation on possible plans was held in April.
The only major change to the outside of the planned development is the addition of terracotta, which aims to match the surrounding buildings and a walkway in neighbouring Preston Park.
Comments are currently being accepted on the proposal and the local authority’s planning committee is expected to make a decision later this year.
If approved, work could start in 2013 with construction expected to take two years.
Ward councillor Amy Kennedy said: “I’m delighted that new proposals for the site have finally been submitted after more than 20 years of it lying derelict and neglected.
“Urban Splash has a notable reputation for delivering high-quality regeneration schemes, and it is exciting to think that there could be a brand-new landmark building at this gateway to the city within the first term of the Green administration. “I look forward to looking at the plans in detail.”
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