Hove Enterprise Centre

Client: Shoreham Port Authority
Architect: ECE Architecture
QS: MacConvilles Surveying
Engineer: QED Structures
M&E: Delta Green Environmental
Value: £1,134,807
Programme: 30 weeks


This Design and Build project developed an under used parcel of land on the East Arm of Shoreham Port, adjacent Mari-time House, and has added a further 4no. commercial units to the Ports’ rental portfolio. Past land use for waste disposal and oil storage on the site led to traces of hydrocarbons and other contaminants being found in the ground.

Great care was taken in designing the foundations and the ground floor slab to ensure that only a minimum of spoil was excavated, thus minimising specialist disposal.

Fortunately, Environment Agency and Building Regulation requirements required a reasonably high finished floor level. This allowed a foundation solution of CFC bored piles, with a suspended reinforced concrete slab spanning over the ma-jority of the existing pavings.

A steel portal framed 2-storey building was erected on the concrete slab. This ‘north-light’ designed steelwork was clad with insulated powder coated aluminium wall and roof sheeting above blue Weinerburger engineering bricks at ground floor level. PV panels fitted to the roofs provide power to properties on Shoreham Port.

Each unit has a ground floor open plan office area with stairs to a mezzanine first floor. Features include a disabled WC facility and kitchenette. Double glazed windows, gas fired central heating, electri-cal power and lighting installations with powered roof lights for venti-lation and cooling add to the benefits of the units.
Designed as a terrace of individual units, one or more of the units can be combined to provide larger accommodation.

Externally, the area was re-landscaped and carpark pavings re-laid and marked out for parking. Waste, cycle storage facilities and an electric car charging point were installed to compliment the eco cre-dentials of the scheme and assist in the development achieving a BREEAM rating of Very Good.