ECE Planning are delighted to report that Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave the green light to rejuvenate historic Worthing building, Colonnade House, at a meeting last month.
The approved proposals will see the demolition of Nos 2 and 3 and 5-7 High Street, as well as 52 Ann Street. These will then be replaced with five residential flats and roof terrace and a state-of-the-art Digital and Creative Hub consisting of art studios, exhibition space, cafe, office, meeting room and reception.
Colonnade House is the “creative pulse of Worthing” located in the heart of the town centre. It was built in the early 1800s, originally opening as a library and post office. Fast forward to today and Colonnade House is currently occupied by a mixture of buildings in varying states.
Cllr Nicola Waight, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“Colonnade House is an iconic building in the town, but some of the site is in disrepair and in desperate need of transformation. This project will see the site revamped to the benefit of the town.”
“The modern design will significantly enhance the run-down appearance of the premises and will restore the buildings’ image that are in keeping with the site’s history. This development will support economic growth, bring employment, as well as contribute to Worthing’s housing needs with the intention of being used as emergency accommodation.”
The extension of Colonnade House will add value to the local economy by supporting small businesses and is set to become a lasting legacy for Worthing.