Demolition and redevelopment of the County Buildings site in Exchange Road, Crawley, is critical to demonstrating progress for the One Public Estate Programme (OPE) and plays a vital role in the wider regeneration of Crawley Town Centre.
The decision to approve the partial demolition of Crawley County Buildings was taken in August 2017, recognising it as a key project within the One Public Estate programme.
Since that time, a lot of work has been happening behind the scenes to take the project forward. In June 2020, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) agreed an allocation of £857,000 to fund the partial demolition of the WSCC owned property at County Buildings.
The demolition will not affect the Magistrate Courts and Centenary House, which will remain in situ and hosts the West Sussex Coroner’s Court, a FindItOut Centre and Change, Grow, Live services, which will continue to operate from this building.
The partial demolition of the site will provide a vacant and developable site that can support:
- increased marketability and value of the County Buildings site
- delivery of key projects identified in both the OPE Programme
- development of a WSCC asset in Crawley Town Centre that will secure revenue incomes for the County Council
- delivery of around 200 homes in Crawley Town Centre
- delivery of around 4,000sqm of commercial space in Crawley Town Centre
- development of a diverse and vibrant town centre in Crawley.
The demolition works is anticipated to commence in February 2021 and will be completed by DDS Demolition Ltd in late Spring 2021.