UPDATE: Pictures of new Aquarena plans

CGI image of the new Aquarena tower plans SUS-160316-105120001

CGI image of the new Aquarena tower plans SUS-160316-105120001

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A LOWER tower block and a signature café are part of fresh plans for Worthing’s Aquarena, an exhibition has revealed today.

Roffey Homes’ plans for the former swimming pool, in Brighton Road, are on show at the Chatsworth Hotel until 7.30pm.

The firm has a new architect – Allies and Morrison – on board after plans for a 21-storey tower block were rejected last year.

Roffey managing director Ben Cheal said: “We have challenged Allies and Morrison, who are extremely well-known architects used to dealing with difficult sites, to bring a fresh approach to the site.

“What we have to show here today is their first thoughts for the site.”

The new plans include more public open space to the east of the tower, including provision for an ‘exceptional architectural’ café.

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103036001

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103036001

Retail space facing Brighton Road is greater, with higher elements of residential space in Merton Road scaled down.

Buildings are arranged in a crescent formation.

Jonathan Stern, project architect for Allies and Morrison, said the team had taken note of Worthing’s heritage in the designs.

Metal railings which weave around the tower are a nod to seafront terraces.

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103026001

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103026001

He said: “If it is a building of significance, it will be because of its quality, not because of its height.

“This is early stages. The height of the tower at the moment is 15 storeys and it could come down or it could go up. This is where we see it fits comfortably.

“We think it really reflects Worthing and will be a really positive thing for Worthing. We hope people will like it.”

The team will take on board comments from today’s public exhibition and hold another consultation in the coming weeks.

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103015001

Computer-generated images of plans for the Aquarena SUS-160316-103015001

Roffey hopes to submit final plans in the summer, with a view to Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee considering them in autumn.

A separate appeal for the old scheme is in progress but Mr Cheal will withdraw it if the new plans are approved.

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Exhibition boards at the consultation event show plans for more public space

Exhibition boards at the consultation event show plans for more public space

A model of the latest tower block plans for the Aquarena

A model of the latest tower block plans for the Aquarena

Latest concepts for the Aquarena, on show at the Chatsworth Hotel SUS-160315-153414001

Latest concepts for the Aquarena, on show at the Chatsworth Hotel SUS-160315-153414001

The Aquarena from above. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-151210-151320001

The Aquarena from above. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-151210-151320001