Housing association Hyde is to hold three more design workshops as it prepares its plans for the vacant Sackville Hotel site on Hove seafront.
Hove Labour MP Peter Kyle and the Conservative councillor for Westbourne Ward, Denise Cobb, were among those attending the first session.
The pair tried out ideas with computer-aided design technology as Hyde goes back to the drawing with its plans for 189 Kingsway.
- The next sessions are due to take place on
- Wednesday 15 June from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
- Monday 20 June from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
- Friday 24 June from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
To book a place, visit the project website www.189kingsway.com.
Hyde’s first proposal for the site was criticised for being too tall and the housing association withdrew its planning application earlier this year.
The new scheme – described as intended to be mid-rise, elegant and neighbourly – is expected to be less than half the height of the original scheme.
Architects HGP, the firm behind the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, are exploring ways of stepping down the height at the rear so that it fits better with the homes behind the site.
Hyde said that it was “looking at a building sitting within its surrounding context”.
Mr Kyle said: “I’m really pleased that they are committing so fully to listening and taking on board the views of residents.
“I urge people to take part and engage with the workshops. Now we’ve won this opportunity for a rethink it’s up to us to make our views, concerns and aspirations for the site known loud and clear.”