Work starts to build 270 apartments, a new town hall and office space in Crawley town centre

An artist's impression of how the new completed scheme will look
An artist's impression of how the new completed scheme will look

A major scheme that will help regenerate the town centre and provide much-needed new housing and office space is now under way.

The public private partnership between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock will ultimately see the current town hall replaced.

An artist's impression of how the new scheme will look

An artist's impression of how the new scheme will look

Once finished, the redevelopment at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley will include: a new, nine-storey building housing a new town hall and office space; 273 new apartments, including 109 affordable homes; a new public square with public artwork; new commercial units.

Work is well under way to build 91 apartments over nine storeys on the site of the former two-storey car park next to the current town hall. These are scheduled for completion in November 2020. The eastern end of the Town Hall complex has been decommissioned, with demolition starting this month.

The nine-storey building, which will house the new 41,000 sq. ft. town hall and 77,000 sq. ft. commercial offices across 5.5 floors, will start to be constructed by Kier in the spring. This building is scheduled for completion in late 2021. A new public square with artwork will also be created outside the new building.

Once the new building is open, the remainder of the current town hall will be demolished to make way for the final phase of redevelopment – a 10-storey block featuring 182 apartments with ground floor commercial space opening on to the new square.

Through its rental brand PLATFORM_, Westrock has already delivered 185 purpose-built rented homes in Crawley, which benefit from professional on-site management and a range of amenities including gym, residents’ lounge, roof terrace and a yoga studio.

Councillor Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “This is a hugely important step in this major project because this investment will save money for taxpayers and generate income for the council, which will help us maintain services. This is a very good deal for Crawley.”

Matt Willcock, development director of Westrock, said: “Our joint venture with Crawley Borough Council shows the benefits of public-private partnerships. Working closely with Crawley, we will deliver much-needed new housing, workspace and public realm as well as an upgraded town hall.”

Chris Lawrence, operations director for Kier Regional Building, said: “The start of works on this impressive project is a major milestone in the construction of the new town hall for Crawley Borough Council.

“As the local Crawley-based office of Kier Regional Building, we are delighted to be delivering this project and look forward to seeing the structure take shape in the coming months.”

For more details on these plans visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/townhallsite