Worthing Aquarena tower plans revised

PLANS for a 21-storey tower block on Worthing seafront have been altered in a bid to make the controversial proposal more ‘visually exciting’.

New plans for the Aquarena. Picture courtesy of F10 Studios SUS-150720-092733001
New plans for the Aquarena. Picture courtesy of F10 Studios SUS-150720-092733001

Roffey Homes has submitted revised plans for the Aquarena site, which were withdrawn earlier this morning.

The height of the building – one of the most contentious issues – remains the same but the tower has been redesigned to reflect the award-winning Splashpoint swimming pool.

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Roffey managing director Ben Cheal said: “From the start of the project we’ve aimed to create a landmark building that represents Worthing’s confidence in itself as a vibrant and thriving seaside town.

Old plans for the Aquarena

“We were very pleased that so many people supported our previous application and the changes we’ve made to the design show that we remain mindful of the surrounding area and have been listening to what people have told us.

“We’re also working with the council to enhance public space along the promenade to improve the area for local residents.”

Roffey said the changes included moving the northern part of the development – a separate building to the tower – further away from Brighton Road, reducing its scale and massing.

The publicly accessible space on the seafront will be increased, with more commercial space within the development.

The tower itself will be ‘more contemporary, visually exciting and reflect the design of the Splashpoint leisure complex’, Roffey said.

The £40 million application would see 147 apartments provided if it was approved, with car parking space for residents and the pool users.

The first application received 139 letters of support and 489 objections from members of the public, according to Worthing Borough Council’s website.

Coastal West Sussex Design Panel said the design had ‘undoubtedly progressed’ from previous versions.

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