WORK to build a luxury new development near a cricket ground is beginning to take shape.

Demolition of the old site at the Sussex County Cricket Ground in Eaton Road, Hove, was completed in February and now work to construct the Tate Residence, which will contain 37 apartments, is under way.

Photos from the site show teams working on the foundations.

The Argus: Building work is underway in Eaton Road, HoveBuilding work is underway in Eaton Road, Hove

A crane and a large drill have also been seen at the site.

The apartment blocks will be made up of luxury one, two and three-bedroom flats, along with "exceptional" three and four-bedroom flats.

The building has been named after the Tate Memorial Gate, a monument to Maurice Tate, one of Sussex’s most gifted players, which will be reinstated alongside a new clock tower at the site.

The Argus: Building work at the Hove site is expected to last 18 months in totalBuilding work at the Hove site is expected to last 18 months in total

Many of the flats will have outdoor space with wide, south-facing balconies, and on the sixth floor there will be a communal rooftop terrace with views across the cricket ground.

There will also be underground car parking and cycle storage, while a new pub will replace the Sussex Cricketer.

Construction work is expected to take about 18 months.

Speaking earlier this year, Rob Andrew, Sussex Cricket’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted with the progress of the masterplan for The 1st Central County Ground so far.

“Phase one is the redevelopment of the Sussex Cricketer pub and the south-west corner of the ground.

“The level of interest in The Tate Residences, even before we go into the ground has been very strong and we believe the quality of the development and its location will prove to be very appealing to purchasers.

“As we move forward with a significant project for the club, I am excited that we will produce a landmark building which will become an impressive entrance to our cricket ground, but also create a long term commercial asset for the club which will help our plans for further ground development and financial stability in the future.”

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