Making waves with architecture

A revised proposal for the Port ZED development at the Aldrington Basin end of Shoreham harbour has won the support of the Regency Society, on the grounds of its innovative design, green credentials and the pressing need for new homes.
“[Port ZED] is in a long tradition of innovative and unusual buildings in Brighton and Hove, from the Royal Pavilion and the city’s seafront square to the piers, Embassy Court and Saltdean Lido. Its curving, contemporary style echoes the curving form of many of our Regency buildings (see picture bottom right) and will be a fresh counterpoint to existing buildings in its immediate area,” reads our comment to Brighton & Hove City Council.
A previous application was last year rejected after considerable protest led to the removal of controversial wind turbines from original plans. The council argued that the changes were so significant that they necessitated a new application.
The original scheme consisted of 67 apartments plus commercial, office and communal facilities at ground floor level, arranged in six lozenge-shaped blocks rising to a height of five storeys above Kingsway.
The amended scheme has 52 apartments with one, two and three bedrooms, arranged in blocks that vary from three to five storeys to minimise bulk and overshadowing of houses on the landward side of the road.
We added, “The development will bring…much-needed new homes to the city, replacing redundant industrial buildings on a site that few developers would consider. As such, it sets a positive example for future development that will help to address the housing shortage in Brighton and Hove.
“It also addresses pressing issues of energy conservation and sustainable design.”
• You can download our full comments here
• You can see the revised Port ZED application here
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From top: View of three of six blocks of the new design from Kingsway – dotted lines show the volume of the previous application; Port ZED from the harbour; curving Regency bays in Montpelier Road.

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