Building to be given new lease of life as work begins on 150 flats

Released: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Work on creating 150 new homes in Durrington is now under way.

The Columbia House office block in Columbia Drive will be converted into 104 flats after plans were approved by Worthing Borough Council last year. Two new floors will also be constructed, creating space for another 10 apartments in the building.

Developer Pullman Construction will also build three new blocks on the site with commercial space and room for 36 more homes.

Nigel Brooks, one of the site owners, said:

“We're very happy work is beginning on Columbia House - this is good news for Worthing.

“We want to provide good-quality homes to buy to help residents on to the property ladder, as well as creating a development people will be proud to live in.

“We hope to have the first homes on the market by the second half of 2021.”

Columbia House was built as a five-storey office block in the late 1970s and lies near the Tesco Extra superstore in West Durrington.

Workers are erecting scaffolding this week after labourers began clearing rubbish and overgrown areas last week.

Construction is expected to take 15 to 18 months as Pullman Construction gives the vacant building a new lease of life.

Once the conversion is complete, Columbia House will consist of studio flats, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom homes, giving families and professionals the chance to get a foot on the property ladder.

The building's location is already served by nearby bus stops and 74 car parking spaces will be available once vegetation is removed.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“It is fantastic to see yet another development get underway in Worthing, boosting our town's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are confident that this inward investment by Pullman Construction in the Columbia House scheme will provide valuable homes to residents once it is complete.”

“It demonstrates that companies see Worthing as a good place to invest; now more than ever it is ‘Time for Worthing'.”

Photos: Columbia House in Worthing

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PR20-153 - Main entrance to Columbia House in Worthing

Photo: Columbia House in Worthing - as it is

PR20-153 - Columbia House in Worthing - as it is

Image: Columbia House in Worthing - as proposed

PR20-153 - Columbia House in Worthing - as proposed

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