Brighton and Hove Council has appointed Karis/ING as the preferred developer of the King Alfred site with a controversial set of four tall towers (up to 38 storeys high) for Hove seafront.
Brighton and Hove Council has decided to appoint Karis/ING as the preferred developer of the King Alfred site. The Karis/ING team includes international architect Frank Gehry (designer of the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilbao) and the Brighton-born architect Piers Gough who is heading the British end of the operation. The reasons for choosing the Karis/ING scheme over the Barratt/Brunswick scheme can be summarised as follows:
Whilst both schemes provided excellent sports facilities and both were high quality designs, the Karis/ING scheme scored better on financial proposals and the ability to finance as well as the programme and deliverability.
On economic impact, the Karis/ING scheme was strongly favoured as this scheme is estimated to create more employment and to make a bigger contribution to the city’s economy – and to Hove in particular.
Further important issues have been identified that will need to be addressed as the scheme design is taken forward, including the need to employ best practice in sustainability, the importance of transport issues and the need for continuing consultation with the council as the design develops.
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