20 students studying MSc Town Planning at the University of Brighton enjoyed an exciting visit to Shoreham Port this week. The MSc equips students with the skills to work in the spatial planning environment, and offers specialisms in economic development, coastal regeneration and climate change, issues that are also important to consider in a port environment.
Students gathered in Shoreham Port’s Visitor centre for refreshments before dividing into two groups who participated in alternating presentations from Shoreham Port, Adur and Worthing Council, and BPP Consulting staff.
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development at Shoreham Port, took the University of Brighton students on a 45-minute long tour of Shoreham Port on one of the Port’s tug boats, Adurni. The tour ran twice to accommodate the two groups of ten town planning students. Cruising down the canal, the students listened to Tim’s commentary about Port activity and the subject of waste and minerals.
Meanwhile, Chris Jones, Project Manager at Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Partnership, delivered an engaging lecture about the local Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Project. Covering safeguarded aggregates wharves within Shoreham Harbour, the Joint Area Action Plan, and forthcoming new developments such as Southern Housing Group’s residential development at Free Wharf, and the proposed District Heating network for new developments in the Western Harbour Arm. The town planning students learnt about exciting plans for the local area for years to come.
Finally, the 20 University of Brighton students regrouped in the Visitor Centre to attend a talk delivered by Ian Blake, partner at BBP Consulting. The students gained a useful insight into waste and minerals planning, delivered expertly by Ian who has over 25 years of experience in the field of resource and waste management planning.
Tim commented “We were delighted that the University of Brighton returned to us for another event for their students. There are numerous examples of innovative waste recycling demonstrated here at Shoreham Port. We also have a number of wharves which are protected to ensure that sufficient aggregates are available to the construction industry. Despite the freezing temperatures, I think the students enjoyed seeing Port activity from the water!”
Dr Helen Walker, Masters in Town Planning Course Leader from University of Brighton commented, “Students and staff had an excellent visit to Shoreham Port. All of the talks were incredibly useful for our students and provided a unique insight into port activities and future development opportunities as part of the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Partnership. We’d like to thank the Port staff for their very warm welcome and we would love to come again!”