Teville Gate

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Teville Gate is a construction site and car park in Worthing in West Sussex, England. Covering about 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres) the site lies at the main entrance to the town centre of Worthing for both rail, via Worthing railway station, and road, via the A24 and A27. The site is bounded by Railway Approach to the north, the A24 Broadwater Road to the east, the A2031 Teville Road to the south and Grand Victorian Hotel to the west.

The former Teville Gate shopping centre

Teville Gate takes its name from the former tollgate that stood on the site for the Worthing to West Grinstead turnpike, close to the Teville Stream which flows through the area.

Proposed developments[edit]

1998 Farrho proposal[edit]

A scheme from 1998 proposed a new cinema built in place of the multi-storey car park.[1]

2006-10 Hanson proposal[edit]

A £150 million development was put forward by Hanson which would have included more than 200 flats in twin towers, conference centre, hotel, multiplex cinema and supermarket received planning permission in 2010. The lending bank prevented the owner from signing the section 106 agreement and the approval fell and the bank then foreclosed.[2]

2015-20 proposals from Mosaic and Hanson[edit]

Teville Gate House[edit]

In 2015 ownership of the site was divided between Mosaic (formerly Mosaique), which took control of the majority of the site, with Hanson retaining the former Teville Gate House. With planning approval granted in June 2019,[3] by July 2019 Hanson had begun work on constructing a £29 million build cost[4] five-storey 8,550 m2 (92,000 sq ft) office block for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC moved in to the building in mid May 2021, one of five specialist sites across the UK.[5] The building will replace its existing site at Durrington on Sea ,[6] 2 miles (3.2 km) to the west and will house around 900 full-time equivalent employees, including IT and digital services, human resources and finance roles.[5]

Station Square[edit]

In 2018 AROS Architects designed new proposals for the site, named Station Square,[7] which went out to consultation. In February 2019 Mosaic submitted a £93 million proposal[8] to include 378 homes, a supermarket, an 83-bed hotel, gym and space for some retail and restaurants.[9] The application includes three buildings, including one main tower, rising to a maximum of 22 storeys. LCE Architects modified part of the 2018 designs from AROS to include changing block A at the corner of Teville Road and Broadwater Road to reflect the local influence of Art Deco within Worthing. A decision was expected to be given on the planning application for the rest of the site owned by Mosaic on 4 March 2020.[10] If built, Block C would be the tallest building in Worthing at 66 metres (217 ft) tall (22 storeys),[11] taller than Bayside which stands at 52 metres (172 ft) tall (15 storeys).

Previous uses of the site[edit]

The multi-storey car park at the former Teville Gate shopping centre was demolished in 2018
  • Teville Common - in the 17th to early 19th centuries land by the Teville Stream formed the Teville Common, which was used as common land for the grazing of livestock.[12] When the direct Worthing to West Grinstead turnpike opened in 1802 a turnpike gate was put up near the Teville pond. The gate was removed in 1823 following protests.[13]
  • Victorian houses - over the 19th century, homes were built along Teville Road (previously Vapours Lane) and Railway Approach
  • Teville Gate shopping centre - was built in the 1960s. Its multi-storey car park was demolished in June 2018.[14] The £1.6 million demolition cost was funded from the Local Growth Fund provided by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Teville Gate: the Worthing site's sorry saga spanning decades". Worthing Herald. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Developers of £150 million Teville Gate scheme in Worthing respond to fears over continued delays". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Major new office block for Worthing approved". Adur and Worthing Councils. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Teville Gate, Worthing". McLaughlin and Harvey. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b Butler, James (7 March 2019). "HMRC to move into Teville Gate House, bringing 900 staff into Worthing town centre". Worthing Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ Hollisey-McLean, Katherine (26 February 2020). "New pictures of huge Worthing office block construction". Worthing Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Teville Gate". Aros. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  8. ^ Poole, Ollie (25 March 2019). "Teville Gate: plans for Worthing site in 'serious doubt' if bid for government grant rejected, report claims". Worthing Herald. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Station Square - Submitted for Planning". LCE Architects. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  10. ^ Holden, John (17 January 2020). "Teville Gate: Decision date revealed for hotel, gym and 378-home application". Worthing Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Station Square, Worthing". Emporis. Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Teville Gate". Old Worthing Street Heritage Project. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Worthing: Communications". British History Online. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Demolition of Worthing's Teville Gate car park complete". Worthing Herald. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2020.