Plans to rebuild 170-year-old Worthing bell tower following water damage

A Worthing Grade II listed building is set to receive a makeover – pending planning permission.

Monday, 10th January 2022, 4:26 pm

The prominent building at School Yard, in Portland Road, was converted into flats in 2013 but has since suffered water damage.

Water has been entering flats to the front of the building through the bell tower for several years which has caused ‘substantial internal damage’.

Now the owner wants to deconstruct and rebuild the damaged bell tower and replace it with a like-for-like replica.

School Yard in Portland Road, Worthing (Google Maps Street View)

This is different to demolition as the process aims to reuse as many of the existing materials as possible.

It is hoped that reconstructing the upper part of the tower will stop water from getting in.

Surveyors from Focus Consulting, which inspected the 170-year-old building, said: “The proposals will see the structure of the property protected whilst remaining in keeping with the surrounding area and historic construction.”

The surveyor said there is ‘clearly a need to rebuild the upper section’ as water leaks are ‘threatening the integrity of the building and damaging the

The area in red due to be worked on

internal decorations’.

Similar plans were submitted in 2014 but the work was not carried out at the time.

Further details of the plans can be found at the council’s planning portal using reference: AWDM/1879/21.

Results of the water damage
Results of the water damage
Results of the water damage
The existing bell tower