Designs for former TJ Hughes building move forward / November, 2022

Proposals to redevelop a landmark building in the seaside resort of Eastbourne, led by leading architectural practice The Harris Partnership, have been unanimously backed by planners.

The Harris Partnership, working with Noé Group’s real estate investment and advisory arm, Capreon, led revised designs on behalf of developer the Rachel Charitable Trust for the popular 1920s building in the centre of the town. The site was previously occupied by retailer TJ Hughes.

The proposals, which have been backed by Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee, will retain the much-loved original façade of the 19,375 sq ft building, as well as introduce a stunning mansard zinc roof.

More than 7,500 sq ft of retail space will be created, alongside 65 new apartments over six floors, as part of the plans for the property in Terminus Road.

The designs follow extensive consultation with local groups in the East Sussex town, including the Eastbourne Society and Conservation Area Advisory Group, as well as significant feedback from the community.  With planning permission now approved, Capreon will appoint a developer to begin work on the building.

Ian Perrell, director of The Harris Partnership who is leading the project, said: “We are thrilled that the planning committee has unanimously approved the scheme following some incredibly positive feedback from the public and other key stakeholders. The project is a great example of community-led placemaking design. We’ve kept the soul of the original building through the façade retention whilst providing a modern, sustainable mixed-use development. We hope this will act as a catalyst for wider sustainable regeneration and investment in Eastbourne.”

Zvi Noé, Partner at Capreon, said: “We have listened and taken on board the community’s views, and we are proud of the revised scheme. We believe this building has a bright future, enhancing the Conservation Area and bringing further vitality and investment into the town centre for years to come.”

Following the unanimous backing of the proposals by Eastbourne Borough Council, all parties will work towards full planning permission being granted through a legal agreement.