IRONWORKS SALVAGEMAR 2016Lewes, Sussex
Moving the Phoenix Iron and Steel Works - Sussex was once the centre of English Iron manufacturing: the forges and furnaces in the Weald employed over 50,000 men. It is believed, but not confirmed, that the remaining Phoenix Iron and Steel Works buildings on the current Phoenix Estate in Lewes are the last foundry buildings that
remain in the South East of England. There is very good survival of the historic roof trusses and iron framework from throughout the period of the site's development. There is also limited survival of machinery relating to the former use of the site.
The loss of this historic fabric would remove the potential for Lewes's future generations to learn
about the town's industrial history from the surviving architecture of Phoenix Iron and Steel Works.
These condemned buildings could have great significance for the future of Lewes and deserve protection.
LPR and Rabble are in negotiations with Santon and their demolition subcontractor to salvage and reuse a section of the old ironworks for community use. A landowner has offered us a storage area and we are looking for land or a development where we can resurrect these Victorian workspaces and develop a local makers space. We have presented our plans to the Director of Planning for the South Downs National Park. Work is ongoing.