Boxpark plans community dining hub in West Sussex

Boxpark is to create the Big Beach Box, a new landmark seafront dining destination and community cafe, on the site of a run-down toilet block at Shoreham Beach, West Sussex.

This will be the first Boxpark site outside London and the group is set to collaborate with Brighton local Dan Stockland to bring the food and relaxed atmosphere of the award-winning Big Beach Cafe brand, creating a multi-purpose restaurant/cafe hub centred around supporting local community groups.

Shoreham Big Beach Box will also provide a roof terrace, changing rooms, community space and a centre for water sports, and will work with local partners to showcase the best of the region’s talent in a vibrant programme of events, workshops and talks at the site.

Roger Wade, CEO and Founder of Boxpark, said, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Adur District Council on this new development.

“As a Brighton local myself, I have cycled past the run-down toilet block many times and see a lot of potential in the site for a new community hub in Shoreham.

“The Big Beach Box would become a favourite among locals whilst also attracting visitors to the world-class beachfront destination.”

The council entered into preferred development agreement with Boxpark for the site in Beach Green in 2017.

With the lease now signed, Boxpark will be working with the community to draw up detailed plans for the site with the aim of submitting a planning application later this year.