Brighton architect gives glimpses of alternative vision for King Alfred site on Hove seafront

Posted On 10 Mar 2016 at 6:15 pm

The Brighton architect Nick Lomax has given glimpses of his alternative vision for the King Alfred site on Hove seafront.
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Mr Lomax’s practice, LCE, was the lead architect for the Bouygues bid to build a new leisure centre and hundreds of homes.

Bouygues lost out to the housebuilder Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust, a charity led by local businessman Rob Starr.

The Crest Nicholson proposal was picked by Brighton and Hove City Council – the landowner – at a meeting in January.

LCE said: “The design of the leisure centre responds strongly to the visual prominence and exposure of the site.

“The pool hall was designed to be highly visible externally from a distance, particularly from the west and south.”
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  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    Difficult to tell exactly from these images, with scant text, but the north-south, south-north ski-slope approach is more imaginative than the current proposal. We should be told why this one was rejected.

  2. Robin Ballance Reply

    That really is a kick in the teeth for the surround buildings – don’t see any nod to Regency in this design. Just another glass and steel prison for future generations to inherit. Wonder how long it will last…

    • Valerie Paynter Reply

      Kick is the word that really hits the mark. It kicks out. We don’t want a yobby complex that kicks out. Enervating.

  3. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Its loud and its aggressive like repressed rage punching its way out of the walls and roof. It is SO aggressive! Almost threatening to look at.

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