Kingston Wharf,

This mixed residential and commercial project involves the redevelopment of the Kingston Wharf site to provide 179 residential apartments in a 4-8 storey building with a basement car park and cycle parking, a new A1 retail (food) supermarket and a separate two-storey commercial building comprising of A1 Non-Food Retail (with mezzanine) and A3 Café and Business B1(a).

This extensive project will also include surface car parking and loading bay and cycle parking spaces for the commercial floorspace, along with the provision of a public riverside walk and cycle path, flood defences and associated landscaping and highway works.

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This significantly contaminated development site is heavily constrained by the A259 to the north which provides strong links for private vehicles, public transport as well as practical servicing for the commercial units. Additionally, the River Adur to the south allows for an accessible public cycle and pedestrian route providing connectivity and an animated waterfront along the site. The river also offers an exciting viewpoint for a cafe overlooking the river and providing a social focal point to this stretch of the waterfront.

The retention of the land as an employment site will aid the local economy as well as being an important asset amongst the other residential developments in the area. The proposed Aldi store is a strong commercial enabler for the site with a scale in keeping with the current commercial units nearby whilst its aesthetic is crisp and contemporary. The mixed-use building makes a significant transition between the openness of the car park and the residential development adjacent to it and provides offers a strong architectural treatment as a positive feature of the overall development and character of the site.

The layout of the site makes a significant public realm contribution in its distribution of the buildings, providing a visual break in the proposed developments along Brighton Road to emphasise the open coastal location and also freeing up the views across the river from Shoreham beach towards the South Downs.

The associated flood risks from the river and the sea have been addressed with a passive defence that will be effective from day one and is designed to be adaptable to meet any future requirement through the installation of a demountable flood gate at the site entrance.

The proposal will change the aesthetic of the area from industrial to an invigorated commercial landscape serving the neighbouring residential development and sets an example for future developments along the western harbour arm.

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Location: Shoreham
Client: Ashfield Land
  • F&B
  • Retail