The regeneration of Eastbourne has won a top national award for its “unprecedented transformational change”.
Eastbourne Borough Council won the Re:generate Revo Gold Award while Legal & General was shortlisted in the Re:new category for its £85 million investment in The Beacon.
The Revo Gold Awards recognise the best examples of development and investment in the United Kingdom.
For the Re:generate award, judges look for original investment and ingenuity by the public sector to help support and enhance retail environments.
Eastbourne Borough Council won the award for the public and private sector investment that has most transformed the town including:
- The £85 million investment by Legal & General to bring new shops, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema to the town.
- The £8.85 million investment in the public realm delivered in partnership with East Sussex County Council.
- The £54 million Devonshire Quarter project to put Eastbourne on the map as a top sporting and cultural destination.
Judges said: “Developing and staying ahead of the curve requires adaptability, reimagining the future and keeping experience for residents and visitors is at the core of planning and implementation.”
Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “By working in collaboration with key partners like Legal & General and East Sussex County Council together with the commitment that Eastbourne Borough Council has made to the Devonshire Quarter, we have enabled and realised opportunities to transform the town of Eastbourne. A huge amount of work and planning over many years has gone on behind the scenes to bring about this transformation, so we are delighted to win this award for Eastbourne. Our thriving town is open for business!”
Legal & General was shortlisted for the category that recognises projects and new builds that have positively impacted their surrounding environment.
Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for Legal & General, said: “We were very pleased to be short-listed for this award which recognises the key role the extension of The Beacon has played in not only transforming the town centre, but also kick-starting the night-time economy in Eastbourne.”
Published on 27 January 2020