Hove Town Hall, Sussex
John Wells-Thorpe (1970-73).
This is an well preserved example of a late brutalist civic building in glass and concrete.The modulated bronze glass façade is marked out by a monumental concrete entrance structure defined by four giant hexagonal shuttered columns and two cantilevered canopies. The interior uses materials chosen to harmonise with the exterior. A proposal to install green double-glazed units and add an extension to the entrance would irreparably damage its internal and external coherence.
Our listing application, which was supported by John Wells-Thorpe, was turned down on EH’s advice at the end of 2014. The external alterations have been approved by Brighton and Hove Council.
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