Planning secured on 103,000 sq ft retail development and parking in Horsham, UK
Architects ColladoCollins have secured detailed planning consent to build two substantial retail units on Albion Way, Horsham, West Sussex. Acting on behalf of the site’s owners, British Airways Pension Fund and Westrock Developments, ColladoCollins’ approved plans feature a 60,000 sq ft John Lewis at Home, a 43,000 sq ft Waitrose and 400 car spaces. Construction work is due to begin by June this year, with the stores due to open in spring 2015.
Located immediately adjacent to the prime shopping area of Horsham, this consent builds upon Horsham District Council’s master plan for the town centre seeking to strengthen and expand Horsham’s retail offer. The design places the new retail buildings carefully within the site to enable strong and legible linkage with West Street, the town’s prime shopping destination which is also being revitalised.
The facade design references tradition vertical tile hanging so prevalent within Horsham with a perforated metal screen rear illuminated to create a contemporary addition to the local vernacular.
Roy Collado, Partner of ColladoCollins, said: “Incorporating buildings of this size within an historic town centre has required a careful design approach, concealing where possible the supporting parking and ensuring strong pedestrian connection exists between Horsham’s existing and new retail areas.
"We are excited to be working with Westrock Developments and the British Airways Pension Fund to deliver this exciting project that will further spur the renaissance of Horsham town centre.”