Historic wall at Bognor Regis university campus can be repaired

Consent has been given to repair an historic damaged wall at Bognor Regis university campus

Plans were submitted to repair and underpin where necessary, sections of the listed Serpentine Wall at Upper Bognor Road.

All works would be carried out in a like-for-like manner in order to preserve the integrity and heritage of the structure.

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A design and access statement on behalf of the University of Chichester said structural cracking and movement had been found.

Repairs can be made to the historic wall at Bognor Regis campus

It recommended a mixture of underpinning, tying with wall ties and lime mortar grouting and refilling to repair the integrity of the wall, which is found towards the south of the Barbra Smith halls building.

The Grade II listed Serpentine wall is red brick material estimated to have been built 150 years ago and is shaped in a curved formation which acts as a strength reinforcement.

It is estimated to have been built around 1823 on the instruction of gardening enthusiast Earl Arran, the occupier of St Michael’s House, and constructed by Henry Silverlock of Chichester.

The wall would be sectioned off with fencing to ensure students, staff and the general public cannot go near the wall while the works are taking place

“The restored wall will enhance the aesthetic appeal of this particular part of the landscape of Bognor Regis and it will reinforce a sense of place for the community, as well as contribute towards a sense of inheritance, enhance the aesthetic appreciation of the landscape and will demonstrate clearly that heritage can be incorporated and be complementary to the contemporary, above all the wall is a distinctive structure preserved for future generations to enjoy,” the statement said.

Arun District Council planning officers said: "It is positive to see that the wall is to be carefully repaired and appropriate maintenance undertaken.

"As such the application is considered to not cause harm to the significance of the heritage assets or their setting."

To view the decision go to the Arun District Council planning portal and use the search reference BR/90/22/L.

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