BUILDING 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 Argus: Building work has begin at the site in HoveBuilding work has begin at the site in Hove

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.

The construction phase of the project is set to create more than 560 jobs, with many workers at the site based in the local and surrounding area.

Moda Living says it will contribute more than £10 million to local investment in infrastructure, public realm, education, public art and supporting the local community.

It is also set to make ten per cent of its rental homes affordable housing.

James Blakey, Planning Director at Moda, said: “We are thrilled that construction work has begun on this regeneration project to transform a rundown brownfield site in Hove into a multi-generational community, providing high quality rental homes and hundreds of jobs, both during construction and on completion.

“We are also excited to integrate Moda Living into Hove’s vibrant wider community and are looking forward to investing £10m into local projects spanning education, public realm, employment, sport, public art and green spaces.”

Hove and Portslade MP Peter Kyle said the project will bring life back to the largely derelict site.

He said: “Whenever I walk around Hove, I look at the beautiful Regency architecture we are fortunate to have, and I say thank you to the people who built it all those years ago.

“I want any new development in Hove to be something that people will say thank you for, long after we’re gone. That’s exactly what we have with Moda’s redevelopment of the Sackville Road Trading Estate.”

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