Commercial People understands that work is currently underway on the refurbishment and conversion of a former school and sixth form centre in Sussex that will become a new base for social care services and help pave the way for the development of hundreds of new council homes.
Brighton & Hove City Council has chosen Willmott Dixon Interiors to transform the former school site at the corner of Mile Oak Road and High Street in Portslade, into 23,336 sq ft of office accommodation for staff in its children’s services team.
The council’s planning department granted a change of use for the vacant building, which will allow the relocation of council staff from their currently underused office space at Moulsecoomb, which has been earmarked for the development of more than 200 new council homes.
Willmott Dixon Interiors will carry out demolition works and a full strip out of the former Portslade school building as part of the £3.7 million project. Work is expected to be complete in spring 2022.
Commenting on the development, Graham Shaw, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon Interiors (pictured right), said: “This is a strategically important project for Brighton & Hove City Council, that will not only deliver new office space for social care services teams but provide much-needed council homes in the area.
“The project has been designed to retain the existing internal configuration of the building to avoid large scale structural alterations. We will also have a full crew of operatives on site, including a dedicated traffic marshall to assist with delivery of materials and minimise disruption for residents and commuters.”