BOXPARK UNVEILS ARCHES PLAN
The Victorian arches on Brighton’s Madeira Drive have been a source of many a sad glance since they were fenced off for their own protection in 2012.
Now retail developer Boxpark has stepped forward with a plan to return the arches to their former glory by creating a year-round retail, food and beverage parade and hotel development.
At a press conference at the Volks Railway Visitor Centre in September Roger Wade, Boxpark CEO and Brighton resident, told Sussex Life: “I don’t need to do this; I get invited by cities up and down the country to build Boxparks. I want to build this. And I want to build this because I want to create a better city.”
According to Boxpark the restoration of the arches will cost an estimated £30m. So far the crowdfunding campaign to raise money to save the historic site has raised just £500,000. Therefore, Wade says, the best solution is for a commercial developer to step in. As part of the plan, 300,000sq ft of the space will be dedicated to redeveloped public space, creating what Boxpark is calling the “people’s promenade”.
The company is working with local architects Chalk Architecture on the scheme, which has yet to receive planning permission. And Boxpark’s interests do not just lie in Brighton; the company is also planning to develop a run-down toilet block in Shoreham into a community beach hub and is set to build a seafront coffee shop in Worthing.