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Rt Hon Amber Rudd visits Gemselect new homes in Archery Ground St Leonards


This latest Gemselect development, Archery Gardens, will be a stunning selection of 109 new and refurbished properties, blending sleek, modern architecture with the impressive historical setting of Decimus Burton’s St Leonards.

The Archery Ground, a former quarry used in the 19th century by the Royal St Leonards Archers and then laid out as a garden, was dedicated to educational use for the Hastings College of Art and Technology in the 1950’s. Demolished in 2015 by Gemselect, it has been a ‘work in progress’ for some time and finally the much-needed new homes are in sight, breathing new life into this bustling community. Rt Hon Amber Rudd, MP for Hasting and Rye, visited the site recently to take a look at the progress and was as impressed as her previous visit, when she commented that the project was “an inspiring example of community activism… I must commend the work of Marcus Beale; whose architectural designs are superb”. Following a recent visit, Ms Rudd commented: “I was delighted to meet with Gemselect and to see the progress being made on this project. It is clear that Gemselect are focusing on involving the community by using our local trades, suppliers and workforce to enhance the site whilst also preserving its heritage.” “Building new homes will help to address the need for housing in our area. I look forward to hearing more about this project as it develops and seeing their work with our community continue.” The total build spend is anticipated to be in the region of £28 million which will be a much needed financial boost in the heart of St. Leonards on Sea.