Moshimo Mash-up


Japanese-restaurant Moshimo has submitted new plans for a major £4 million expansion at their existing Brighton premises in Bartholomew Square in the form of new concrete box in the sky according to the Brighton Argus.

Extraordinary as this seems (how many restaurants, after all, have a spare £4m to spend on an extension, and how do they intend to recoup this investment?), this is worrying on two counts:

A: It is completely inappropriate in style and scale for Brighton and will be obtrusive and visible from many vantage points.

B: If approved it would set a disastrous precedent for other brutalist planning applications to get the green light (and increasing numbers seem to be joining the planning application pipeline).

We urge all heritage lovers who feel as we do to oppose this planning application here

We concede that Bartholomew Square is not the prettiest and has already been largely ruined, but this addition will not help and will infringe on the rest of the city.

Nor can this project be regarded as ‘progress’ as it is simply harking back to the 1960s love affair with concrete and box shapes.

Brighton is predominantly a ‘Regency’ city in style.  New developments should respect this and be sensitive and appropriate.

We allow our civic character and identity (not to mention USP) to be destroyed at our peril.

Fit for Kingsway or should it get the Sackville?

10/03/16 Update: The plans for Sackville Tower have currently been withdrawn following local protest.

Sackville hotel

Above is the charming 1907 Sackville Hotel, of 189 Kingsway, once known as ‘The Grand’ of Hove.

Unfortunately having fallen on harder times, it suffered partial collapse in 2006 after some internal walls had ‘accidentally’ been removed. Rather than being repaired, the council allowed it to be demolished on ‘Health and Safety’ grounds.

There is currently an empty ‘site’ where this hotel once stood.

A planning application for a 17-storey erection called Sackville Tower. has recently been lodged.  Below are romanticised artist’s impressions of what Sackville Tower might look like while still white and in exceptionally nice weather.

Not surprisingly its architectural insensitivity and overbearing scale  with little regard for neighbour privacy has caused local outrage. Contemporary architects Yelo said they would re-visit the design, then somewhat arrogantly re-submitted a virtually identical planning application shortly after. Details about how many ‘affordable’ units will be available among the 107 are also sketchy.

To comment or object here is the link to the planning application. Please make your views known.

Certainly allowing Hove’s tallest building to go through sets a dangerous planning precedent for the future, particularly in such a prominent seafront position.

For more details saveHOVE have produced an interesting report here.

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Sackville tower


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