The Victoria Pub
The conversion of the Victoria Pub to two residential dwellings has now been completed and the new homes are being offered for sale.
THEN: AS A PUBLIC HOUSE
NOW: AS TWO RESIDENTIAL HOUSES
While regretting the loss of a pub which we hoped might function successfully as a community meeting place, Committee Members of The Round Hill Society welcomed the retention of the main structure and dimensions of the building.
The conversion, has respected the character of the conservation area. It has not involved substantial changes to the fabric of the building and the external appearance is largely unaltered.
The most significant change has been the excavation of light wells on the South and West aspects (bordering Richmond Road and Mayo Road) for lightwells which has enabled the basement to be converted into living areas. Under the plans, the two houses have kitchen/dining areas at the basement level, living rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on the first storey.
The three bedroomed house is at the Richmond Road end of the property with a smaller semi-detached house in Mayo Road. The two-bedroomed house has a small amenity space in the area which was previously the beer garden attached to the pub. Part of this area has been reserved for cycle and bin stores.
To the front of the property, railings have now been installed by a Worthing-based company ( The Handrail People Ltd
) at the boundary of the site, to match the existing ironwork on Mayo Road.
Following a succession of landlords in the last few years, the Victoria closed in spring 2008. It was sold later in the year and then in 2009, planning permission was granted to the Hardwick Hartey Partnership to convert the building into two townhouses.
Work is now well underway on the conversion. See Victoria redevelopment
for more background information.