Regency-style houses promised for Hove hotel site

Posted On 02 May 2011 at 11:34 pm

The collapsed Sackville Hotel on Hove seafront could be replaced by five Regency-style terraced houses if planning permission is granted.

Businessmen Robert Webb, 63, and Michael Deol, 41, who also own the Revenge nightclub in Brighton, have submitted their plans to Brighton and Hove City Council.

They have applied for permission to build the terrace of five-bedroom houses, each five storeys high plus a basement, in Kingsway, Hove.

They also want to build a three-bedroom detached house behind the terrace – in Sackville Gardens – which would be four storeys high with a basement.

The scheme includes an underground car park and has been designed by Alan Phillips Architecture, of South Street, Portslade.

The architects said: “The clients’ brief for this development was to create a 21st century terrace of fine houses, a revival of the best example of the typology – classical Regency style.

“Externally, the development is a faithful reproduction of the proportions and details that are found in the Hove terraces.

“Internally, the spatial and functional needs of 21st living are catered for.

“The design of the building has been beautifully crafted to reflect the seaside location as well as the important Regency architectural heritage of the city.

“It will be a fitting and much improved replacement for the Sackville Hotel.”

The site falls within the Sackville Gardens Conservation Area and the Sackville Hotel was originally a terrace of four houses.

The 45-bedroom hotel was demolished after the roof collapsed during refurbishment in April 2006 shortly after the Mr Webb and Mr Deol paid £1.5 million for the property.

Formal consent to demolish the long-gone hotel will – perhaps surprisingly – be required in addition to planning permission.

The planning application can be seen by clicking here.

  1. Clive Reply

    The old hotel was an interesting, quirky building. It sounds as if what’s being suggested is just poor pastiche. I’d rather have something unashamedly modern in that spot.

  2. Grace Lancaster Reply

    It looks elegant and charming. I’m completely in favour of a spot of pastiche if it delivers an attractive building in harmony with its neighbours.

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