Littlehampton town centre public realm improvements

Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements is the name of a multi-million pound project that started on 10 January 2022. The improvements will make the town centre a more attractive place to visit, shop and enjoy for residents and visitors.

The term “public realm” is used to describe the public spaces between shops and buildings. It includes the pedestrianised shopping area, town centre roads, pavements, lighting, public seating, street furniture and trees.

Regular updates on the progress of the scheme and how this may affect your business or visit to Littlehampton will be posted on this page. Please bookmark this page in your browser and visit and review it regularly to stay informed.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed for a short period for re-surfacing. The work will be done during the day.

Advance warning signs will be placed at each end of the works soon.

Duke Street

This will be resurfaced 6th February and last approximately 3 days.

 

From Monday 3 January 2022 the part of St Martins car park outlined in red on this image will be closed for use as a compound for our contractors. You can still park in the other spaces in St Martins car park, and we have several other town centre car parks available.

The Friday market will continue to go ahead while we are working on the project, although its location may change from week to week. We will let you know of changes on this page.

Surrey Street / Terminus Road / Arundel Road

Please note that there will be restricted road movements around this area for approximately 6 Months. Timings below of the proposed signalling that will be in place to facilitate the new paving works up to the station:

  • 3 January 2023 to 21 February 2022 (2 way on Terminus Road)
  • 22 February 2023 to 14 April 2023 (3 way around the roundabout)
  • 17 April to 28 June (2 way on Terminus Road)

Latest news

23 January 2023

High Street, Clifton Rd, Beach Rd, Duke Street work areas have been re-opened post-Christmas, with paving works continuing to completion on Beach Rd.  Outstanding tree planting on Beach Rd is programmed for February 2023. Remedial works are being undertaken where required.  All other areas are complete, with the exception of Duke Street, which will be resurfaced in early February.  Additional signage and other minor improvements will take place over the coming weeks.

Terminus Road: Traffic management, including temporary lights, have been re-installed post-Christmas break and works are continuing to the southern footway between the junction of Terminus Place and Arundel Rd. These works include drainage, kerb re-alignment and new paving.

19 December 2022

Paving works are complete on the High St, Clifton Rd, Duke St and St Martins Lane. Paving works are continuing on Beach Rd. Carriageway surfacing is complete to Clifton Rd, Surrey St/High St and East St/High St. Remaining tree planting on Beach Rd is programmed for February 2023. The Christmas Lighting Event took place on Saturday, 19 November.

Terminus Road Works: Works commenced on Monday 14 November 2022, beginning on the southern footway at the junction of Terminus Rd/Terminus Place working eastwards. These works include drainage, kerb re-alignment and new paving.

18 November 2022

The High Street is now fully reopen and the Christmas Tree has been installed ready for the Christmas light switch on. Resurfacing work is ongoing in various locations and will complete in early December, except Beach Road which will be resurfaced in March 2023. Terminus Road improvements have commenced and are due to be completed in late summer 2023.

20 September 2022

Beach road will be re-open from Saturday 24 September 2022. The drainage works required have now been completed and the road has been made good, enabling us to reopen the road. There will be an additional closure in November to facilitate the resurfacing works and we will continue to work with businesses and residents to minimise the impacts.

18 August 2022

A temporary road closure on Beach Road will come into effect on 12 September for up to 3 weeks. There will be diversions in place and marshals at key locations to assist with managing traffic. This closure is necessary to enable gullies and drains to be connected to the main sewer located below and in the middle of Beach Road.

22 July 2022

A temporary road closure on Arcade Road will be enforced from 8 August 2022 so ducting can be laid across the road.

The results of our consultation for the introduction of loading time restrictions on High Street are in. Read our press release on the results for more information.

17 June 2022

The works programme for Beach Road has been changed to reduce the road closure duration down to approximately three weeks. This is to lessen the impact on traders. The closure is scheduled for Monday 12 September 2022 but is subject to change.

27 May 2022

A temporary road closure on Beach Road will be enforced from mid-September to carry out essential drainage works.

20 May 2022

NHS are currently dismantling the COVID-19 Test Centre in St Martins car park. It will be reopened for parking thereafter

31 March 2022

NHS will be removing the COVID-19 Test Centre in St Martins car park on 18 April 2022

18 March 2022

Funding has been secured for the delivery of Phase 1.

1 February 2022

New information available, please see addressing your concerns.

21 January 2022

A small temporary road closure to the section of High Street between the entrance to Manor House car park and Lloyds Bank will take effect from Monday 24 January 2022 for approximately 4 weeks. Manor House car park will remain open with access being unaffected.

10 January 2022

The project was launched with a breaking ground event (please click image to view in full size)

Littlehampton ground breaking event

21 December 2021

  1. Part of St Martins car park will be closed from 3 January 2022
  2. The location of Littlehampton’s Friday market may change throughout the project
  3. Our contractors will be on-site between 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday (daylight hours dependent)

16 December 2021

  1. Our contractors have released details of their construction timetable. This is now available to view, download or print: 
  2. Artist's images of Phase 1 (Terminus Road) are also now available.

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What’s happened so far?

Beach Rd (West)-Arcade Rd to New Rd

  • New kerb install is complete.
  • Paving works are ongoing.
  • Beach Rd is currently closed for carriageway re-surfacing – due to be completed by 28 January.

Duke St

  • Dropped crossing has been reinstalled outside Link Hope charity shop.
  • Footway works in this area are complete.

High St- Pedestrianised section

  • Remedial works are ongoing.
  • CCTV camera has been installed

Terminus Rd (S)-Terminus Place to Arun Tyres

  • New road and footway gullies continue to be installed utilising existing connections.
  • Kerbs and channels are being installed to new road alignment.
  • Paving works continue towards Arun Tyres.

Carriageway re-surfacing

  • Clifton Rd Completed on 9 November 2022.
  • Surrey St/High St Carriageway completed on 18 November 2022, parking bay due for surfacing 15 December.
  • East St/High St Completed on 25 November 2022.

Sealant

Paving sealant is being applied as works progress, weather permitting.

Fibre broadband works are ongoing on Terminus Rd, this includes road crossing, duct and chamber installations.

What's next?

Beach Rd

  • Paving to be completed including additional channel installations.
  • Trees programmed for planting mid-February.

Terminus Rd

  • New kerbs, drainage and paving will continue to be installed across entrance to Arun Tyres and beyond.

High St/Clifton Rd Loading Route

  • Additional signage to be installed in relation to revised TRO.

Duke St

  • Carriageway re-surfacing programmed for week commencing 6th February. These works are expected to last 3 days.

Remedial works will continue as required.

How the town will look

Click on an image to view a larger version.

1. image showing road layout by Martin and Co  10. image of road outside The Dolphin public house

2. image showing paving and road layout  11. image of road outside Lloyds Bank

3. image showing road in Littlehampton town  12. image shows ongoing road and pavement works

4. image showing new paving and cordened off area of path  13. image shows cordened off area of paving

5. image showing roadworks with wheelbarrow and new paving slabs  14. image shows new pavement

6. image showing Anchor Springs car park with new paving nearby  15. image shows road outside St Barnabas House shop

7. image showing alley alongside The Crown public house  16. Image shows road outside The Crown

8. image shows work vehicle parked near pavement works  17. image shows skips on pavement and person standing on new paving

9. image of new pavement and cycle parking  18. image shows Christmas lights in Littlehampton town centre

Side street Street with telephone box

Street with orange temporary fencing Street with construction and orange temporary fencing

Street with new brick flooring High street with lorrys on

New flooring on path to the side of parked cars New footpath towards clock tower

High street with new flooring and orange temporary fencing Clock tower with new flooring around it

Road with new flooring around it Parked cars on road with high street in the distance

Side street with construction vehicle Close up of new flooring with construction around it

Christmas tree on high street with lights hanging from the buildings Follow the Yellow Brick Road poster with thanks from the Traders Board

The phases

  • Phase 1 – Terminus Road from Littlehampton Railway Station across Arundel Road into the High Street (funding in place)
  • Phase 2 – High Street shopping precinct, including the junction with Surrey Street and side streets leading to the town centre, including Duke Street, St Martin’s Lane, Clifton Road and the Arcade (funding in place)
  • Phase 3 – East Street through to the junction with the High Street and Beach Road (funding in place)
  • Phase 4 – Surrey Street to the Look and Sea Centre and the links with Pier Road and New Road (no funding available yet)
  • Phase 5 – The War Memorial roundabout in Beach Road (no funding available yet)

Who’s doing the work

We have commissioned expert construction project management consultants Faithful+Gould to act as our professional team, acting as project manager, cost consultant and highways advisor.

Faithful+Gould are responsible for managing the procurement and tendering process for all elements of the work and have worked with us in the appointment of Edburton Contractors to carry out the first two phases of the work.

They also ensure key partners and stakeholders are working in a timely fashion and that the necessary permissions are in place to allow the works to take place.

Construction timetable

Our contractors are on site between 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday (daylight hours dependent).

Full details are shown below.

construction timetable visual

PDF copy for download or print: Construction Sequencing Map Dates [pdf] 573KB

Please note that dates may be subject to change at short notice.

As of 22 July 2022, the project is currently ahead approximately three weeks in all areas except Beach Road. Beach Road is currently three weeks behind schedule.

Minimising disruption

Work started in January 2022, to allow traders and shoppers to avoid disruption during the Christmas retail period. 

All shops and businesses will be able to stay open during the works and emergency service access will be maintained at all times.

Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council are determined to keep Littlehampton’s shops, restaurants and cafés “Open for Business” during the works, especially after the loss of income suffered due to the coronavirus crisis.

We will keep all key stakeholders informed during the works.

The works will be completed in small physical “chunks” to limit disruption.

Arrangements will be in place to allow deliveries to shops to continue during the works.

We will do our best to ensure street markets can continue to operate during the works.

If we need to relocate markets as work takes place, we will make sure the changes are publicised.

The aim is to improve pedestrian priority in shopping areas whilst accommodating the access needs of traders.

Face to face interviews with traders have been carried out to understand their delivery needs and preferences for parking and loading arrangements in the project area.

Their views are being shared with highways experts who will create proposals which ensure parking and loading bays are wide enough for the vehicles using them and that there are safe crossing points for pedestrians.

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) which control highway access and on-street parking are being reviewed to ensure concerns around parking spaces, time restrictions, loading bays and disabled parking are addressed.

In some areas, pavements may be widened to reduce traffic speed and make it easier to navigate the town on foot.

Funding

The Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm improvements comprise five key phases with a total cost of around £6 million and funding of £4.75m million is now in place to deliver Phase1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the scheme.

This includes £2.45 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund (confirmed in April 2019), £564,000 from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund (confirmed in October 2019) and £200,000 from both Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council (confirmed in December 2019).

In March 2022, West Sussex County Council approved the allocation of £1.253m to deliver Phase 1.

Why we’re regenerating the town centre

The aim is to improve the look and feel of Littlehampton town centre and make it a great place to work, visit, socialise and spend time.

Regeneration hopes to attract private sector investment and transforming the town centre to meet changing shopping and leisure habits.

Similar schemes across the country and locally, such as Bognor Regis, have been successful in attracting external investment and injecting new life into the town centre.

This will be done by: -

  • changing road layouts and traffic flow to give pedestrians priority and better use of public open spaces
  • resurfacing pavements, roads and pedestrianised areas with higher-quality materials to make it look more attractive
  • replacing benches, trees, public art and street furniture (bins etc.) to make spaces appear more open
  • making it easier for shoppers and visitors to find their way around the town centre on foot
  • improving the area between Littlehampton Railway Station and the town centre to make arrival approach into town by train more welcoming
  • contributing to the bigger regeneration plans for Littlehampton, including improving links between the town centre, riverside and seafront

Public consultation

Key stakeholders, businesses and members of the public have been consulted and involved in the development of the Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm scheme since day one.

In 2016, problem areas and ideas for improvement were identified during a stakeholder “walkabout” in the town.

The findings were used in the design plans prepared by design company LDA, which were then subject to a three-week public consultation exercise, along with a display of some of the potential materials for paving slabs.

Support for the Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm proposals from all sectors of the community was overwhelmingly positive and you can view the results of the consultation here: Town Centre Public Realm Consultation Report 2016.pdf [pdf] 2MB

History of the project

In 2016, the District Council ran a series of public consultation exercises on design proposals for improvements to the main shopping areas.

This included “walkabout” sessions with key stakeholders to identify problem areas, a public exhibition of the draft design plans and materials and a detailed survey of traders to explore their aspirations and hopes for the town centre.

The feedback (see Town Centre Public Realm Consultation Report 2016.pdf [pdf] 2MB), helped shape the final Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements designs which were approved by Arun’s Full Council in 2016.

The Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements comprises five key phases projected to cost around £6 million. Funding of £3.5 million is now in place to deliver two key phases of the scheme.

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely affected our ability to move the Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Project Improvements forward.

Key dates

2022

  • March - funding for Phase 1 secured
  • January - delivery of the project began

2021

2020

  • November – second tendering exercise undertaken
  • October – Initial scope of project reduced
  • September – first procurement tender exercise reveals funding shortfall
  • March – first Coronavirus Lockdown
  • Faithful+Gould appointed to project manage the technical team

2019

  • Stage 2 CCF bid submitted (Feb) for town centre improvements Phases 1 and 2 (£2.49 million)
  • funding bid to Local Growth Fund (July) for Phase 3 (£1.4 million).
  • award 41% of request (£564,000)
  • LTC and ADC both approve (Dec) contribution of £200,000 to enable Phase 3 to go ahead

2017

  • initial funding bid to Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for all 5 phases was unsuccessful.

2016

  • Town Centre Public Realm designs created by LDA and three week public consultation with public, traders and councillors involved.
  • good support in survey results for improvements.
  • Arun applied to the Coastal Communities Fund and was invited to submit a second stage application

2015

  • council agreed town centre public realm as priority project from 9 Big Ideas for Littlehampton
  • awarded grant for design fees.
  • Riverside walkway (£2 million) completed
  • LDA Design appointed to work up designs for town centre

2014

2004

  • Littlehampton 2020 Vision Masterplan
  • high quality public realm improvements to feature throughout vision and focus on improving

If you have any questions relating to Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements, please email our contractor Edburtons at littlehampton@edburtoncontractors.com.