The name ‘Free Wharf’ was in use at least as far back as the early 1800s and probably further. Shoreham Harbour was a prominent port in Britain’s wool and timber trades, and it was once the focus of the whole Adur community. Southern Housing Group proposals will revitalise Free Wharf, stretching of the waterfront to, once again, make it an integral part of the area.
Over many decades of industrial use our site has become contaminated. In addition, long neglect means that the seawall must be replaced and, of course, increased flooding risk means that the flood defences must be brought up to a much higher standard. This poses interesting challenges for our scheme, over and above the normal challenges associated with brownfield sites.