Work to create the first council housing in Adur for more than 30 years is underway as demolition crews start the long-awaited Albion Street scheme.
As part of ongoing work to create and provide affordable accommodation across the area, Adur District Council is working with a developer to transform the site in Southwick.
Plans, which were approved in November, will see existing vacant properties demolished and replaced with two separate blocks of flats. One of these will contain 15 affordable social rent properties for people on the Council’s housing waiting list.
Demolition work for the project began just before Christmas. With five properties now gone, those behind the plans were given a tour of the site by Sussex-based specialist Dde.
Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes housing, said: “It’s been a long time coming for council housing to be built in Adur which is why I’m delighted to see the progress being made at Albion Street.
“In a short space of time, the site has been transformed. It is only now with a number of the properties reduced to rubble that you can see the size and scale of the project. I was extremely impressed to see the skill that the teams from Dde are displaying to safely carry out the work
“A safe and speedy demolition is just the first phase. With planning secured I’m confident that the new homes will be available for tenants very soon.”
The development is being brought forward jointly by the Council and Albion Street Developments and focuses on two plots of land which overlook Shoreham Harbour.
Vacant houses formerly used for emergency hostel accommodation are being replaced by two contemporary buildings of between four and six storeys in height containing 44 flats. The smaller of the two buildings will accommodate 15 affordable flats to be owned and let by the Council.
A further six flats will be created within existing semi-detached buildings which are located on the western parcel of land. When complete, 50 car parking spaces will also be provided on site.
The first job for demolition crews was to remove the fly-tipping from the land before creating a safe access route onto the land.
Due to the close location of some of the buildings to a nearby industrial estate, some of the buildings have been dismantled by hand. But the majority of the work has been carried out by an excavator, with materials being segregated on site for recycling.
The scheme is part of a wider three-year investment plan by the Council in providing affordable and temporary accommodation across the district.