Plans for new civic presence unveiled

S16840H13 The new build will wrap around the existing Shoreham Centre building on the east and north sides
S16840H13 The new build will wrap around the existing Shoreham Centre building on the east and north sides

PEOPLE will get the chance to see the plans for a new civic presence in Shoreham at a two-week public consultation.

Designs and details will go on show at Adur Civic Centre and the Shoreham Centre from Monday.

The extension and enhancement of the Pond Road centre will include new council facilities, replacing Adur Civic Centre.

Adur Council leader Neil Parkin said: “Adur Council has proven it is staying in Shoreham and we want people to come along and see what we are planning.

“It will be a new, purpose-built home for the council and we welcome their comments on what we are planning to do. There is £2½m in the capital budget for the work, which is still half the amount we would have had to spend to keep the Civic Centre going.”

Since the designs were revealed exclusively in the Herald in April, they have been “tweaked” a bit.

Mr Parkin said there was now a bigger reception area, another flight of stairs and extra windows.

“We have taken into account what the Shoreham Centre wanted. We have looked at the doors again and now the middle one will be the entrance, to make it easier when lots of people come out of events in the main hall.”

There will also be solar panels on the roof, extending Worthing Borough Council’s Invest to Save project in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

The project provides new accommodation for 4Sight and Adur Talking News, which are currently housed at the Civic Centre, and creates an improved base for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which currently occupies a single-storey temporary building on the north side of the Shoreham Centre.

“In the meantime, the Civic Centre will stay open,” Mr Parkin explained. “The plan is that the Citizens Advice Bureau will be moving into the Civic Centre while the work takes place.”

If all goes well, the aim is to start work before Christmas, with the aim of completing it next summer.

“The Shoreham Centre is getting a heck of a facelift and becoming DDA compliant for the first time ever,” added Mr Parkin.

ECE has been working with the council since November last year and the brief has evolved collaboratively with the input of key stakeholders.

The new build will wrap around the existing Shoreham Centre building on the east and north sides.

The CAB building on the north side will be removed and new paving will be provided by main entrance, as well as on the car park side. The remaining car park and car park access will remain unchanged.

The extended east wing will include a striking new double-height foyer, with a lift and mezzanine circulation linking the existing building to the new north wing.

There will be a new reception and managers office for the centre, a dedicated reception and waiting area for CAB and bookable meeting rooms.

The new north wing will provide a permanent home for CAB on ground floor, with a chairman/members room on the first floor, together with a hot desk space and large flexible space for council meetings and hire.