Ambitious £300 Million Regeneration Greenlit for Brighton

Brighton has always been more than another traditional British seaside holiday haunt, but over the last decade, the city has grown into one of the most exciting places to live and work in the United Kingdom.

With a high quality of life, vibrant cultural scene and thriving independent and small business community, Brighton has been voted one of the best places to live, and start a business, respectively.

Silicon Beach

Due in part to the multi-million pound Silicon Beach investment, which sought to centre Brighton at the heart of the country's digital and creative sectors, Brighton has become a hub of innovative tech startups and creative entrepreneurship. Creating thousands of jobs, boosting the economy and drawing more professionals to Brighton than ever before.

Seeking to replicate the success of the 2014 regeneration, Brighton & Hove Planning Committee has granted approval for the £300 million redevelopment of the Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus, which is set to create over 1500 jobs, hundreds of new homes and attract over £500 million into the city over the next ten years.

Ambitious £300 Million Regeneration Greenlit for Brighton

Working together since 2009, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Brighton have been exploring development opportunities within the former Barracks site, situated in an area of Brighton where meaningful development is long overdue. Eventually enveloping the adjacent University land to double the area of developable land, the scheme plans to integrate the University into the community under a ‘shared vision.’ Delivering an aspirational place where the people of Lewes Road can create a shared environment of living, working and learning.

Joining together the ‘urban gateway’ to the city, with the ‘academic corridor’ to Brighton and Sussex universities, the site plans to develop a sustainable, employment-led site to organically re-generate an area which has been derelict for 20 years. Delivering a huge number of benefits to the local community and the wider city.

One of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects to have been brought forward in Brighton for a number of years, the site which will span across Lewes Road is set to radically transform this part of Brighton and further establish the University at the centre of Brighton’s economic life, attract enterprising and high-growth companies and increased international investment into Brighton and Hove.

Preston Barracks Regeneration

Supporting Brighton's Growth

To support the continued growth of Brighton’s independent and entrepreneurial business community, developers U+I, with funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, will build a 55,000 square foot commercial building, to house start-ups and SME's in the high-tech manufacturing sector.

The commercial building will include an accelerator company, to advise and aid on unlocking difficult sites and to provide workshop space, mentors and business support for the housed businesses. Dubbed the ‘Central Research Laboratory’, the project aims to create hundreds of new jobs and foster a bridge between the onsite businesses and the wider community.

Building on the operational success of the first site of its kind, situated at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, the project at Lewes Road is set to pilot the pioneering FIELD scheme, which will integrate 7 innovative local start-ups within the space, using their feedback to further develop the workspace and surrounding community.

The design team, headed by award-winning architects, HASSELL, Studio Egret West, TP Bennett and Stride Treglown, will also include 369 new homes, incorporating affordable housing, and, to address the large shortfall of managed student accommodation in the city, 1,338 purpose built student bedrooms in managed halls of residence.

Incorporating feedback from the local community over the last 18 months, and building on top of the imaginative urban design of the parallel Circus Street regeneration project, the site will incorporate a number of key elements supported by the local people.

With a core focus on solving the congestion and continued issues with simply getting around Brighton, the design scheme is centred around improved connectivity. Alongside a new pedestrian bridge straddling Lewes Road, the development of public crossings, squares and routes will aim to increase access to the various sites of Lewes Road, including an increased number of bus stops and the existing Moulsecoomb Station. Car parking will be repositioned and signal junctions built to improve the flow of traffic and the provision of ramps, lifts and landscaped steps will further aid pedestrian accessibility.

Energy efficient buildings, safe cycle and fitness routes - alongside the provision of 1000 extra secure cycle spaces and fitness equipment for the community to use - edible landscaping and locally sourced produce were also amongst the community requests, as well as local cafes, restaurants and shops.

For more information on the Preston Barracks regeneration, see the Brighton & Hove City Council website here.

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