Southern Housing Group has completed the construction of 40 apartments for rent in Hove, East Sussex. The striking new Vega building, on Kingsway, echos thirties architecture and includes a light feature linked to the changing tide.
The former car dealership building that previously occupied the site displayed elements of Art Deco architecture from the 1930s. The new VEGA building incorporates this style, displaying a simple design in its smooth curved shapes and horizontal lines.
In response to the City Council’s Percent for Art initiative, the design features glass columns at the front of the building which illuminate during darkness. A central blue column within the lighting panel is linked to the tide. A high tide is represented when the blue reaches the full height of the building. Tidal data for the next 26 years has been supplied by the National Oceanography Centre, part of the Natural Environment Research Council.
Jeremy Barkway, Regional Development Manager, Southern Housing Group said: “We are especially proud of this scheme. The architecture of this mixed tenure scheme, puts VEGA on the map as a great place to live.”
The new building comprises 40 apartments:
14 one bedroom
14 two bedroom
12 three bedroom
The flats will be a mix of affordable rent, intermediate market rent and open market rent. Car parking for all the apartments is provided in a secure basement. Four of these apartments are designed as wheelchair accessible. The development has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes level 4, with high levels of natural light, a highly efficient centralised heating system and photovoltaic panels which turn the sun’s energy into electricity, to power communal areas, including the lighting of the columns at the front of the building.
Southern Housing Group's contractor for the project was Denne, which is part of the Bouygues Construction Group.