Friday, 22 January 2016

King Alfred decision.

The view looking south-west will be dominated by an 18 storey tower.
Following  a year-long competitive dialogue between two bidders and specialist council officers, overseen by councillors from all parties, Crest Nicholson, in partnership with the Starr Trust, have been selected as the preferred bidders to redevelop Hove’s King Alfred Leisure Centre site.

The decision was made at the Policy and Resources committee meeting on 21 January 2016. Bouygues were the other contenders.

Subject to future design development, public consultation and planning permission, the scheme would include a modern new sports centre costing around £40m. This would be paid for by a development of 560 flats, and around £8m of council money. The flats would be in four main blocks, the highest of which would be 18 storeys, and 20% of them would be affordable

The sports centre would include  a 25m eight-lane competition pool, a smaller teaching pool, and a leisure pool. Movable floors for changing depths in the competition and teaching pools are features included.

The sports hall would have space for eight badminton courts compared to five in the current centre. There will be a 120-station gym, plus 15 spinning bikes.

Also included would be a crèche, gymnastics centre, three-rink indoor bowls, dedicated martial arts dojo, quiet studio, sauna and a café.

View from east of the site before the water-slide was removed.

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