CONSTRUCTION of more than a hundred plush seafront flats is almost finished.

Work to transform the former Brighton and Hove City Council offices in Grand Avenue, Hove, began in January 2020 and now the £26 million project looks near completion.

Scaffolding has been removed from the front of King’s House, allowing the Grade II listed building to be seen in all its glory.

The Argus: Construction of King's House, Hove is almost completeConstruction of King's House, Hove is almost complete

New sliding sash windows have been installed throughout and balconies with stunning views of Hove Lawns and the seafront have been installed on the first and second floor.

The south facing living rooms will allow owners to have breath taking views every day, no matter the weather.

Oakley Property is marketing the Kings House flats as swanky one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and say there will also be an underground car park for up to 80 vehicles.

The Argus: An artist impression of King's House, HoveAn artist impression of King's House, Hove

Plans for 160 flats were approved in 2018 by the council’s planning committee.

In January 2020, The Argus reported on how workmen were completing the demolition of the former 1960s’ office extensions behind Kings House in Grand Avenue and Second Avenue.

Kings House itself was constructed in the 1870s in Queens Gardens, facing the seafront.

About 70 of the new flats will be contained inside the building.

Two new ten-storey towers were built to contain a further 90 apartments.

Only 28 of the new flats will be classed as “affordable” homes.

Previously Labour Councillor Clare Moonan, who represents central Hove residents, said: “There should be 68 affordable units but we have only 28.”

Neighbours raised fears that their properties would be “overlooked” and “overshadowed” by the new development.

It was revealed that the developer was to pay £265,000 as a contribution towards the city council’s coffers.

A report said that £13,000 could be spent in Kingsway, Palmeira Square, St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove Park, Aldrington Recreation Ground – also known as Wish Park – or Hove Lagoon.

A further £164,000 for parks and gardens could be spent in the same places.

Councillors wanted some of the funds to be spent on improvements in Kingsway near to the development.

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