The 1966 'Sussex Heights' soars above one of the few 190 year old cottages still hanging-on in Stone Street off Preston Street. These were probably built to house the small army of labourers and tradespeople needed to service the large houses in Regency Square, Sillwood Road, and Western Road before it became devoted to shopping.
'Sussex Heights' is one of the tallest buildings on the south coast. It dominates the city from many angles, although distance tends to lend a certain element of enchantment. It has 115 luxury apartments on 24 floors plus a penthouse. An "urban legend" circulates that many of the apartments are only occupied for the summer months and thus its contribution to the local economy is considerably smaller than might be imagined.