Arun projects recognised in design awards


The scheme to transform Littlehampton’s East Bank and the state-of-the-art Hotham Park Café in Bognor Regis have both won conservation awards. 

Arun District Council worked closely with LDA Design to enhance the East Bank of the river as part of the Environment’s Agency’s tidal flood defence scheme.

The result has been extremely well-received by locals and tourists, and has also been recognised in the Arun Conservation Area Advisory Committee Design Awards 2016, as was the popular Hotham Park Café.

With £400,000 investment from Arun District Council, the café, designed by architect Phil Brown, was created to fit into its park environment. Falcon Homes Limited managed the project to build the café before it was fitted out by operator, Tom Barnes who has run the business very successfully since it opened in the heart of the park last summer.

Councillor Terence Chapman, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted to see not one, but two, of our landmark projects recognised in this way. The transformed East Bank continues to draw more and more visitors and the locals love it too.

“The Hotham Park Café not only looks fantastic and fits its environment beautifully, but has proved to be a real hit and continues to draw the trade. The Council is proud of its part in seeing these projects come to fruition and these awards are richly deserved.”

The principal purpose of the Arun Conservation Area Advisory Committee is to provide voluntary, independent advice on conservation matters to the council.

The Committee is made up of representatives from various professional bodies, including the Royal Institute of British Architects and members of local amenity groups and parish councillors.

Dave Robinson, Environment Agency Operation Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this award which acknowledges the importance of enhancing the local area, whilst also providing greatly improved flood defences for the town.”