Free Wharf, Shoreham Harbour gets £10m funding from government
Jeremy Barkway, Southern Housing Group’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, who leads the Free Wharf project team said, “I’m delighted that the government has chosen to back our Free Wharf scheme at Shoreham Harbour. This investment shows that Free Wharf, which has been three years in the planning, will provide significant benefits to the area and its residents.”
Free Wharf, at Shoreham Harbour in Adur on the south coast was awarded £10m in funding today as part of the government’s commitment to investing in areas with the potential to deliver more housing. Free Wharf will provide 540 new homes.
“As well as new homes, the site will provide extra employment space, with an enterprise hub, restaurants and cafés. This will be set within three and a half acres of landscaped public realm, giving the people of Shoreham-by-Sea renewed access to the riverfront, new cycling paths and pontoons for maritime and nautical leisure activities. Southern Housing Group will also provide a further £1.75m for off-site local services such as schools, healthcare centres and highways infrastructure. At the suggestion of local groups and councillors, we will be targeting specific highway improvements as part of our package of benefits for the wider community."
Stephen Rigg, Partner at architects CZWG said: “This represents a positive turning point for Shoreham-by-Sea. Our designs re-connect the town to the River Adur, creating public spaces and a riverside walk and cycleway as well as homes for sale and social rent. The new scheme will bring fresh life and activity to the Western Harbour Arm, an area currently characterised by disused sites, industrial sheds and lack of public access. It is great to work with Southern Housing Group on another successful scheme, created and designed with local need in mind.”
Work will now begin on preparing the site with works starting in the summer. The site is expected to be completed in 2021.