Enabling work at Bognor Regis arcade will pave the way for full refurbishment

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A series of ‘enabling’ works is set to take place at Bognor Regis arcade later this month, according to a spokesperson from Arun District Council.

The work will help prepare The Arcade area for further rejuvenation works in the near future. The works will see contractors improving the conditions of the site, which dates back to the early Edwardian era through an improved building fabric, modern insulation and better energy efficiency.

The main plans have been brought forward following a successful grant to the Brownfield Land Release fund, and will be subject to a full public consultation before the council submits a full planning application in the months to come. The plans will consist of a full refurbishment and extension of The Arcade’s upper floors, which are currently vacant, as well as the creation of 36 character town centre flats, alongside additional ground floor retail space. All of this will take place alongside the restoration and preservation wherever possible of the building’s original features, which first opened in 1902.

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"Rejuvenation of The Arcade will directly benefit its shops and services in the long term by creating additional footfall. This will help to generate extra spending in The Arcade’s shops and restaurants and wider adjacent areas, as well as contributing to the growth of the evening economy in the town,” an Arun District Council spokesperson said.

Bognor Regis Arcade, which first opened in 1902.Bognor Regis Arcade, which first opened in 1902.
Bognor Regis Arcade, which first opened in 1902.

"The building will undergo significant enhancements to improve its aesthetic appeal and visual attractiveness, as well as making it more weatherproof, to make sure it stands the test of time. These renovations will not only improve energy efficiency, but also enhance the overall image of the town centre. Furthermore, rejuvenation of The Arcade will strengthen this key link between the town centre and the seafront, creating a more seamless and enjoyable experience for residents and visitors alike.”

Councillor Martin Lury, Leader of Arun District Council, added: “The council is committed to the regeneration of our historic seaside towns, such as Bognor Regis. This initial work on The Arcade is the first step towards its wider rejuvenation, complementing the forthcoming new Alexandra Theatre and a range of other exciting projects in the town.”

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