DEMOLITION work is underway at an industrial site to make way for a “landmark” housing project.

More than 500 build to rent homes, 260 care community homes and a public garden is to be built on the site of the Sackville Trading Estate in Hove.

Developer Moda Living says it the work will “transform” the rundown trading estate near Hove station into a “thriving inter-generational neighbourhood” for all ages.

The proposals also include communal lounges, private dining areas, cafes, shops and 50,000 sq ft of office and co-working space, five communal roof terraces and open spaces.

Moda Living say the project will create the equivalent of more than 560 full time jobs and more than 150 full time equivalent construction jobs, with many people working on the site coming from the local area.

Approximately 70 per cent of the site will include new streets, squares, amenity and open spaces.

It is also appealing for local artists to express an interest in producing artwork for an exterior wall at the site which overlooks Sackville Road.

James Blakey, Planning Director at Moda said: “We expect demolition to take around three months to complete.

“We’re very excited to see this project get underway and look forward to delivering much needed high quality rental accommodation for the city, together with care home units and much more.

“Moda is here to stay, so we want to be part of our local community and to support it. As a result, we are keen to hear from local artists who would like to see their art featured in a prime position and showcase their talent.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what local artists come up with to bring the wall to life and connect it with Hove’s history and culture.”

Moda Living says it will not charge deposits from would-be residents and does not levy service charges and the monthly rental includes an extensive range of amenities including access to the gym, internet and reduced electricity costs.

Artists who would like to express their interest in a commission for the Moda site should contact: by Friday, July 30. 

A brief for the artworks is available on request.

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