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Church House, Tarring

Situated within the Tarring Conservation Area in Worthing, West Sussex, Church House was a block of studio flats constructed in the 1960s owned by Worthing Homes. Retro-fit was investigated but, having considering the building arrangement and the significant renovation and repair needed to meet modern standards, Worthing Homes decided to demolish the building and redevelop the site.

Whilst Worthing Borough Council were initially apprehensive about the development potential, ECE presented the scheme design through a series of workshops using VR to allow the Design Officer to walk through the scheme. The proposal, comprising 3no. 1-bedroom flats, 9no. 2-bedroom houses and 2no. 3-bedroom houses, was unanimously approved at Committee with Councillors applauding the design approach.

The scheme takes architectural references from the surrounding Conservation Area, featuring locally prevalent design details including double-pitched roofs and bay windows. Traditional materials with contemporary detailing were utilised throughout the new buildings. The development retained a disused Victorian stable block that was refurbished to accompany the development.