Creativity and transformation. These are two things that really matter to us at U+I and which we celebrated in Brighton at our two regeneration projects, Circus Street and Preston Barracks.
Construction of the student accommodation at our Circus Street site reached its full height and we also marked the start of construction of the Dance Studio. At our Preston Barracks site we unveiled brand new hoardings, designed in collaboration with local university students and injected with creativity by legendary Brighton graffiti artist, Aroe.
We’re one step closer to revitalising Circus Street. On Wednesday 18 April, we gathered with our project partners Brighton and Hove City Council and Kaplan, as well as local dignitaries, for a “topping out” ceremony at the site, where we celebrated the twelve-storey student accommodation block reaching its full height. We also marked the start of construction at the Dance Space, which will be home to South East Dance, a local arts organisation and charity that has already made headlines with its announcement that it is launching a brand-new dance festival that will celebrate risk-taking.
“Topping out” means that we’re on track to compete construction work at Circus Street next year. We’re transforming this former fruit and veg market into a vibrant new public square, bringing life to a previously derelict area of the city with restaurants and shops targeted at independent businesses, workshops for creative businesses and 30,000sq ft of new office space, alongside new homes and student accommodation.
Over at Preston Barracks, we unveiled a bold new look for the site ahead of construction starting in June. Graphic Design and Illustration BA (Hons) students at the University of Brighton, whose Moulsecoomb Campus will be transformed as part of the project, designed 1,500 posters that will decorate the new hoardings. These have in turn been arranged by Aroe to spell out our ambitions for the site for all to see. The move marks the next phase of the build, as demolition ends and construction starts. Once completed, Preston Barracks will include a new home for the university’s business school alongside a 50,000sq ft hub for entrepreneurs and SMES, shops, cafes and workshop space, forming a creative hub for students and start-ups alike.
The new hoardings unveiled in Brighton this week read “a design for life” for a reason. At both our projects in the city, we’re bringing life back to once derelict places, providing the spaces for Brighton’s creative and entrepreneurial population to thrive. And we’re proud to be working in partnership with local artists, students, entrepreneurs and councillors to deliver change in the community for the long-term.