Getting the local view on Preston Barracks plans


We recently began public consultations to gather feedback in response to our plans for a £150m regeneration scheme for Brighton. 

The Momentum Lewes Road masterplan, comprising of the derelict Preston Barracks and two car parks on the University of Brighton's Moulsecoomb campus, will regenerate a long-neglected area and is anticipated to bring more than 1,000 new jobs and £500m to the local economy. 

Between 22-30 April locals were consulted on initial plans to deliver a research laboratory, 350 homes, accommodation for 1,300 students, shops and cafes for the area.

Work to bring the site back to life has already begun; FIELD Brighton was recently opened as a hub for the city’s most exciting start-ups and initiatives. From edible insects to educational tech, a vast array of Brighton’s brightest are utilising this space to take their innovations forward. Whilst FIELD is a temporary space, it is sowing the seeds for the exciting longer-term plans for the site, which includes the creation of a Central Research Laboratory. 

To support the public consultation efforts, one of the FIELD resident start-ups – the Bug Boys – offered their time and samples of their protein-filled ‘cricket balls’ (yes, of the insect variety) to entice the passing public to share their views during the public consultation.

Key public feedback will be worked into the plans and submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council in the coming months. Keep an eye on our website or follow us on Twitter for updates from this exciting development.