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Priory Square, Hastings :

a new public square forms the vibrant focal point of Priory Quarter Hastings

tourism and leisure, Masterplanning
Sea Change Sussex
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Priory Square is a new public square at the heart of the broader Priory Quarter masterplan.

Located on the footprint of the Hastings ancient inland harbour and medieval priory, Priory Quarter is one of a number of central government regeneration initiatives for Britain’s southern seaside towns.

The Priory Quarter masterplan (prepared by Rummey Design Associates) is an ambitious regeneration scheme set in the heart of the sensitive Central Hastings Conservation Area and was developed in parallel with Proctor and Matthews proposals for key buildings within the Quarter.

The first two phases comprise the new square and the mixed-use buildings Lacuna Place (facing Havelock Road) and One Priory Square (creating a new frontage to Priory Street).

The square links two principle streets of Hastings and the station plaza to the north, through a series of stepped paved planes, and provides a vibrant focal point within the town. Black basalt plinths and generous steps provide a relaxed ‘stage’ for impromptu street performance and social interaction. The new pedestrian routes contribute to an extended framework of public spaces and historic pedestrian link (locally know as ‘twitten’) across the town.

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