Haworth Tompkins to lead redevelopment of former sports centre in England

17 February 2016 (Last Updated February 17th, 2016 18:30)

London-based firm Haworth Tompkins has been hired to lead redevelopment of a former sports centre in West Sussex, England.

London-based firm Haworth Tompkins has been hired to lead redevelopment of a former sports centre in West Sussex, England.

The firm will work with LA Architects, a sports architecture studio, for the redevelopment of the former King Alfred sports centre in Hove.

The sports centre is located around two miles from Palace Pier in Brighton.

This project will comprise a leisure centre, a community art complex, offices, shops, residential units and a public square, which will link the property with seafront.

" ... We are very much looking forward to re-engaging with the Hove community as we prepare to submit a planning application later in the year."

Californian architect Frank Gehry was initially appointed for this project; however, his £290m scheme was later dropped in 2008 due to funding problems.

Brighton and Hove Council selected Haworth Tompkin's replacement design.

The firm had worked on the design for about three years and worked with Crest Nicholson, a property developer, and The Starr Trust, a charity based in Hove.

Haworth Tompkins founding partner Steve Tompkins was quoted by Dezeen.com as saying: "Three years ago, at a public meeting at the King Alfred Centre, [we] stood on the stage and promised that we would do our best to deliver a new development worthy of this extraordinary site.

"We are delighted to have now been selected by the council to carry out that task, and along with The Starr Trust, Crest Nicholson and LA Architects we are very much looking forward to re-engaging with the Hove community as we prepare to submit a planning application later in the year."

The property will include 560 residential units, a car park at the basement and many other elements.

LA Architects will set up the new leisure centre.

The 1930s building will soon be demolished in order to build the new facilities.

LA Architects director Mike Lawless was quoted by the website as saying: "From all aspects this is a truly exciting opportunity for the people of Brighton and Hove to look forward to an outstanding leisure complex, of which we can all be proud."