THE site used to build an Asda supermarket in Hollingbury, Brighton, went through a huge transformation three decades ago.

The store will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this November after serving the heart of the community since opening.

It was opened just days after the Great Storm wreaked havoc across the country.

Before becoming an Asda the site was used as a factory by Standard Telephone and Cables (STC), as can be seen above when its demolition was taking place in 1985.

Surveyor Mike Zara and colleagues can be seen pictured above at the STC factory site before the demolition was finished.

Creed and Company, which later became known as STC, was established in Glasgow.

It moved to Croydon and in the mid 1960s to Hollingbury in Brighton.

The company took over the old Underwood Typewriter Company factory there, which was also American owned.

In 1975, when the company changed its name, it remained a subsidiary of the ITT Corporation, based in the US.

The factory’s eventual closure was linked to a recession that saw employment on the industrial estate fall from 8,000 to under 1,000 by 1980.

However, the Enterprise Estate, a collection of small factory units, opened in October 1985, followed by the Asda superstore, which was designed by APP Brighton.

As part of the deal to build the new store in the mid 1980s, Asda agreed to build Carden Community Centre, in nearby Carden Hill.

The store has continued to show support for the project since.

The Brighton Bypass was constructed around ten years after Asda, introducing an interchange with Carden Avenue and Crowhurst Road, offering easier access for vehicles travelling to the store and other parts of the estate.

Do you recognise any of the people above wearing hard hats during a self build project?

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