Design for new cafe in Peacehaven park unveiled by council

Artist's impression of the proposed cafe at Peacehaven's new park.
Artist's impression of the proposed cafe at Peacehaven's new park.
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This is the first glimpse of what the new cafe will look like at the exciting new park planned for Peacehaven.

The town’s mayor Rachel Coles said she thought the design would fit in perfectly with its surroundings.

It will form a gateway to the South Downs National Park and will be completed by the end of 2014.

Cllr Coles said: “The residents of Peacehaven have waited a long time for this new park and I think that the design for the cafe will fit perfectly within its surroundings and be a real asset for the town.”

To create the cafe, the existing maintenance building, on land just off Piddinghoe Avenue, will be remodelled, retaining some of the foundations, floors and some of the walls.

The cafe will provide 40 seats and incorporate an interpretation space, toilets, kitchen and storage.

New timber cladding and a new roof structure will transform the building.

Peacehaven Town Council said it would be using renewable technologies such as solar panels and a small wind turbine on the roof.

A feature wood burning stove will provide heating and hot water.

The interior will be multi-functional and the cafe will provide a gateway to the National Park, where people can meet and explore the South Downs by walking or cycling.

In the cafe there will be information on local archaeology, the history of Peacehaven and the renewable technologies used in the building.

Construction will commence in April 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2014.

Peacehaven Town Council will be looking to secure a leaseholder to run the cafe.

The concept of creating a new cafe in Peacehaven came from the consultation carried out as part of the Big Parks Project.

Local architect Mike Kaner carried out a feasibility study on the existing buildings and it was decided that converting the maintenance building was the best option.

Ideally the cafe will be open seven days a week with flexibility for the occasional evening opening for meetings.

What do you think of the design for the new building?

Email samantha.clark@jpress.co.uk

For more information about the project visit www.bigparksproject.org.uk