Saturday, 12 January 2019

A new Marina promenade.

 Site of new development looking west.

The Marina Outer Harbour development came to a standstill after the completion of phase 1 in 2016 which saw the erection of the Orion & Sirius apartment blocks at the West Quay. Since then the project has  been acquired by investment managers ICG Longbow who have enlisted architects Squire & Partners to produce new plans for phases 2 & 3. Squire & Partners have an impressive portfolio of modern developments in their portfolio including Chelsea Barracks.

Whereas the earlier plans envisaged 4 discrete apartment blocks on platforms projecting out over the spending beach the latest plans have drawn some inspiration from the city's seafront squares and crescents.

Impression of new scheme looking west.
Pink areas indicate retail facilities

For the public at large the new scheme has the advantage of providing near level access from Madeira Drive via the western breakwater, several new public squares, and great permeability throughout the site, not the least including a new 250m long promenade with views directly out to sea through the harbour arms. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

New bid for Pavilion Gardens conservation.


BHCC are preparing to resubmit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to develop plans for the improvement and conservation of the Royal Pavilion Garden and get it removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Last year, following a consultation launched which attracted more than 1,300 responses, a bid was submitted for £194,000 to develop conservation plans ready for a funding bid for £3.3 million. Unfortunately, the bid was unsuccessful.

However, the Heritage Lottery Fund encouraged the council to re-submit, highlighting work that should be undertaken in the meantime.  This includes:

  • Carrying out an access audit
  • Developing designs of what a new boundary and improved entrances might look like
  • Providing evidence of how multi agency working will tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Providing more details of an activity programme, interpretation strategy and volunteer roles and skills.

The estimated cost of this work is £25,000 which would be met from the Royal Pavilion and Museums core budgets.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Hanningtons Lane progress

From Meeting House Lane

From Brighton Place.

Hanningtons Lane viewed from each end is only now beginning to emerge from the scaffolding although completion was originally expected mid-2018.