ECE Planning have recently secured planning permission for Phase Two of Chichester College Group’s Central Brighton Campus masterplan. This involves updating the existing Pelham Tower with over-cladding, helping to create better education facilities by vastly improving the environmental and thermal performance of the building. It significantly improves the appearance of the tower and includes new signage and a visual portal to the south face of the tower, in keeping with the recently completed Phase One redevelopment and extension to the campus.
The tower was originally completed in the 1970’s with the envelop largely unchanged, resulting in poor thermal performance and airtightness. This has resulted in elevated heating costs in winter and overheat conditions in the summer. Retaining the substructure and superstructure will save up to 2,650 tonnes of carbon, the equivalent emissions for heating 980 homes annually. The proposed ‘fabric first’ upgrades will save up to 41% of operational running costs and reduce gas consumption by 33%. The overall safety of the building will be improved with the installation of fire barriers into the façade.
The proposed design includes cladding to the south and north plus cladding and replacement fenestration to the east and west facades. The cladding elevates the tower to a more slender and elegant appearance. The design incorporates replacement roofing, insulation, and improved glazing with solar control blinds.
A visual portal has been introduced to the high point of the south face of the tower. With plans to be illuminated at night, the portal references the historic churches surrounding the college, particularly St Bartholomew’s Church. Signage will be located on the east and west elevations to ensure the best visibility for the college, facing the direction of students, staff, and visitors as they arrive at the campus.
Working alongside ECE Architecture, the college and a large consultant team, ECE Planning led the scheme through extensive Pre Application discussions with the local authority and gained planning permission and advertisement consent for the works.
Chichester College Group
Brighton, East Sussex
Brighton & Hove City Council
Oliver Bardsley, Vistry Group
"The planning team were very proactive and were in constant contact with ourselves. They have been monitoring and chasing down all aspects of the project from conditions to getting responses from the case officer.
Rebecca Hoad has been highly praised by our Technical team for dealing with conditions, chasing them down and ensuring they are on top of all information submitted."
Simon Lewis, Development Director, St William Homes
"A fantastic result and team effort. However, there is no way we would have got our scheme permitted without ECE. You have been the game-changing ingredient!"
Rod Flavell, President, Saltdean United Football Club
"Working with ECE’s planning professionals has been a pleasure.
A process as complex as Saltdean United’s application to redevelop its facilities for our communities' future generations of adults and children to enjoy in an area of outstanding natural beauty was always going to take a sensitive touch to balance the needs of all the stakeholders.
We are delighted to say the ECE team dealt with the challenges with great patience, persistence and professionalism.
Its been a long but ultimately fruitful journey to this point and we are under no illusions that there are many more challenges to come as we move to the development phase but with ECE’s continued support we believe that the club will deliver a legacy for future generations to enjoy."
Matt Heath, Director Dawson Heath Property Ltd
“Once again an excellent service from the Planning team at ECE. Good value, great attitude to work, proactive and easy to get along with.”
Ben Cheal, Managing Director Roffey Homes Ltd
“ECE Planning have provided a friendly, yet highly professional service, displaying both their detailed planning knowledge and strategy on many occasions. Chris, Sam and Karen have been consistently excellent on managing the planning aspects of all projects we have worked with them on, and would hope to continue that relationship beyond the current live and recently completed projects.”
Tim Warren, Planning and Land Manager, Jenner Group
“We have worked closely with ECE for a number of years and continue to build on an excellent working relationship with them based on true collaborative working and trust. ECE have undertaken feasibility work, planning advice, planning submission and working drawings for us on a number of projects and we have always found them to work to a high quality and professional in their approach. We will continue to enjoy working with them on future projects as our experience with them has always been very positive.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development Shoreham Port
“Sam and the team at ECE Planning have successfully steered three complicated commercial schemes through the planning system on behalf of the Shoreham Port Authority. We have been impressed by the professionalism, efficiency and dedication to progress our projects through the planning system under challenging timeframes. We are absolutely delighted with the results.”
Sammi Charad, Development Manager, Shaptor Capital
'ECE excelled in providing clear advice in our recent planning appeal and other successful projects. We are very happy with the advice and service we have received from Huw and Ben.'
Darren Jacob, Managing Director, ValidusLM
“ECE Planning have always worked pro-actively to address challenging planning matters, solving problems as they come up on this complex site. Chris and Sam managed the intricate submission and relationship with the client and key stakeholders with a dynamic and always positive ‘can-do’ attitude. I look forward to working further together.”
Alan Goldberg, CSN Homes
‘Huw and Karen at ECE have been fundamental in delivering some challenging brownfield sites on our behalf. They have provided clear professional advice ,without delay and we look forward to working with them again.’
Clive Lawrence, Senior Design Manager, Kier
“ECE have worked with Kier to deliver a number of projects, often on challenging sites. Huw and Karen have provided clear professional advice and worked proactively on each of our projects. We have forged a good working relationship and we look forward to working with ECE again.’
Sam Wiggins, Oceanview Developments Ltd
"ECE Planning were instrumental in getting our Reserved Matters and associated conditions applications positively determined under very challenging circumstances. We've been thoroughly impressed."
Brian Wilkinson, Private Client
"We are so pleased - indeed delighted - to get planning permission after such a long journey (I think we initiated this process back in 2015!). Thank you to all involved at ECE for your efforts. A great result."
Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs
“Once again an excellent service from the team at ECE. They were able to interpret our design brief and work around the site constraints and were also able to increase the scale of the scheme from 16 to 24 units, increasing the value of the project and taking leadership of the planning process.”
John Longhorn, Planning Manager, Vistry Homes
"Working with both ECE Architecture and ECE Planning is a seamless and exceptionally well managed process. Planning considerations are integrated fully with the design approach from the outset. Chris, Sam, and Nick have been excellent in managing the planning aspects of many schemes, always taking a proactive, pragmatic and responsive approach to delivering difficult projects in challenging timeframes."