After 27 years as manager of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre, it can be hard to find a brand-new experience in a day’s work.
But sitting at the controls of a long-reach demolition machine was a definite first for Bill Plumridge when he went to see the progress being made in preparation for the £85 million extension to the Centre.

Bill, who began as manager in May 1990, is now enjoying seeing the biggest changes to the Centre since it was built in 1980.

The long-awaited 170,000 sq ft extension, that will transform the town centre, is being funded by Arndale Centre owners Legal & General, and will bring an additional 22 new retail units, around 300 extra car parking spaces, seven restaurants and a nine-screen cinema. The work is being carried out by construction group Kier, which began work on site in January.

The first building to disappear was the Gildredge Pub, on the corner of Terminus and Ashford Roads, with demolition now continuing towards along Terminus Road.
Bill said: “It is fantastic to see demolition work progressing, and to be part of the exciting process that will bring about lasting changes to Eastbourne town centre, including a much-needed revitalisation of the night-time economy.”

Live footage from two time-lapse cameras, recording the transformation, can be seen here:

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