Lewes Phoenix Rising has this afternoon (Tuesday, December 15) unveiled ambitious plans to resurrect, reassemble and refurbish the Phoenix Ironworks in a new location after plans to redevelop the current site were given the green light.
Following the approval of the Santon/Lewes District Council plans for North Street, LPR is intending to find, acquire and independently develop a site in Lewes to move the Phoenix Ironworks structures as the basis of a major hub to keep and grow the town’s creative, making and backstage industries.
Juliet Oxborrow of Lewes Phoenix Rising said: “We had an encouraging initial discussion with Lewes District Council and Santon about this and talks will continue in the New Year.”
LDC and Santon have also said they will be entering into direct talks with businesses and youth facilities on the Phoenix Estate regarding relocation and future space provision in town. Lewes Phoenix Rising says it will continue to monitor progress on this.
Chelsea Renton of Lewes Phoenix Rising added: “As part of our campaign to retain them on North Street, we comprehensively laser-surveyed the ironworks buildings.
“As we’ve been saying for almost two years, the iron and steel frame structures are fantastically designed and still in great condition - as you’d expect from the firm that also made much of the iron and steel work that makes up promenades and train stations along the south coast.
“We are seeking to dismantle these frames, carefully store them and – when we have located a suitable site – use them as the basis for an innovative and beautifully designed creative industries hub that will be a beacon for employment, skills and creativity in the south east, as well as properly honouring the heritage of the region’s last remaining ironworks.”
Under the current plan, the building will be demolished to make way for new homes, workspace and a health centre.
To view more information about the development, click here.
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