A multi-generational waterside development forms a stunning gateway to Littlehampton
This is resilient development beyond mixed-use and housing
Hampton Quay, Littlehampton is a gateway site, marking the entrance to the town from the river and by road. This ambitious scheme for a small local developer is part of the Local Plan and will deliver new houses, improve connectivity, enhance leisure activities and rejuvenate the riverfront.
Our proposal comprises 105 riverside apartments with commercial and leisure space, inclusive riverside walks, cycle paths, leisure moorings and a restaurant/café. The apartments provide a mix of accommodation suitable for all generations, from young families to retirees. Shared spaces have been designed to support that mix and to nurture a supportive, sociable community.
Four apartment buildings are set within differing landscape character areas which respond to the changing context of the site. A shared courtyard/garden space is provided at the ground floor of each building with a shared common space where residents can socialise or cook and eat together. A flexible commercial space might accommodate a crèche, gymnasium, or other small business which would complement the aims and character of the development.
The new development will provide a significant opportunity to enhance the rich natural habitat, protect the important inter-tidal habitat and existing saltmarsh, deal with any existing contamination on site and reduce nitrate run-off from the ditches. Planting will include a range of native species to enhance biodiversity and a new bird hide and screen will provide the opportunity to view wintering birds without disturbing them. The development has been sensitively designed to minimise light pollution with low-level bollard lighting and flanking elevations which face the river.
This waterside, multi-generational development will not only form a stunning gateway to the town but will reinvigorate the area, setting a new benchmark for the regeneration of West Bank and an exemplar for other coastal redevelopment in Sussex and beyond.