What is it?
It's a sea swimming centre. The main purpose of the facility is to encourage, promote and facilitate sea swimming.
What will there be on the site?
The centrepiece will be a 50M heated salt water swimming pool. There will be an enabling development of commercial space with a focus on sports and leisure.
What will the commercial space comprise?
There will be studio space for exercise classes including Yoga, swim benches, cycle spin classes from an operator such as ‘Boomcycle’. There will be retail space for sports based retailers. The intention is to create a retail destination made up of quality independent sports & lifestyle brands along the lines of Finisterre, Sweaty Betty, Rapha etc. There will be office space aimed at companies in the sports and leisure sector. The key office tenant will be ‘SwimTrek’ who are one of the development partners. There will be a number of food and drink outlets including a high quality restaurant in a unit overlooking the swimming pool and the beach.
Who will the pool be for?
The focus of the pool will be sea swimming. The vision is for the pool to act as a stepping stone to facilitate swimmers to gain the skills and techniques to start swimming in the sea. It will be available to all, by means of a casual admission charge and a membership scheme. The pool will be available to those wanting to swim to get fit and those training for open water swimming events and triathlon. The pool will be available to local swimming clubs for swimming lessons and training. The pool and the sea in front of the pool will be fully accessible for all including the less abled. There will be a pool lift and a walk way over the pebbles to the waters edge so that everyone can access the pool and enjoy a swim in the sea.
Who is behind this development?
The development team is made up of three organisations. Together these organisations have the passion and expertise to deliver this exciting project.
Copsemill Properties Ltd. A Brighton based property development company which has been working in the city for over 20 years. www.copsemill.co.uk
SwimTrek Ltd. A local company which organises open water swimming adventure holidays. www.swimtrek.com
Swimmergy. A local swim coaching company which specialises in open water swimming. www.swimmergy.com
Who are the designers?
The designers for the development are locally based consultancy We Like Today. www.weliketoday.co.uk
When will the development be completed?
The current timescales involve making a planning application during the summer of 2016. We would hope to have a consent from the local authority by early 2017 and would start on site during spring 2017 with a view to having all the works complete by the autumn of 2017.
Will there be space for small businesses or is it just large organisations?
The development will be very much focused on the local community. All of those involved live and work locally and are keen to see a vibrant mix of small new and established companies operating from the spaces. There will be a large well known quality restaurant and some emerging new brands in some of the retail space but smaller local business will be encouraged to take the space as well. The leases will be flexible in order to attract small growing businesses. The spaces will range in size from 16 square meters to 200 square meters.
How much will it cost taxpayers?
Funding for Sea Lanes is through private investment, so there will be no cost to the council or taxpayers.
Will Sea Lanes be fully accessible?
Yes, we’ve designed a fully accessible site, and we’ve also designed a boardwalk that will go from the site/Madeira Drive to allow disabled access to the beach and sea.