University of Brighton poster festival marks construction start at Preston Barracks


The construction hoardings at Preston Barracks have this week become a riot of colour decorated with 1,500 posters created by University of Brighton art students in partnership with developer U+I, as demolition comes to an end and the construction on site begins.

Graphic Design & Illustration BA (Hons) Students from the University of Brighton were briefed to design visuals to show the excitement, energy and diversity of the development of Preston Barracks via a series of workshops and an open call brief.

A Brighton’s graffiti artist is arranging the lay out of the posters along 200 metres of hoardings on the Lewes Road, creating bold words and statements such as ‘A brave new world’ and ‘An Adventure’, to demonstrate the creative goals of the new community being built there.

Said Sarah Chitty from U+I, “Our hoardings have a prominent position along the Lewes Road and we wanted to celebrate the project and the local community with a bold and striking new look. We are full steam ahead with the development and committed to the regeneration of this site.”

The redevelopment of Preston Barracks will include 369 new homes, 534 student accommodation beds, a 50,000sq ft hub for start-up business and entrepreneurs, shops, cafes and workshop space to create a lively new street for the local community. The project will deliver over 1,500 new jobs and bring £281 million into Brighton & Hove’s economy over the next ten years.

The Preston Barracks development is part of a wider £300 million masterplan that also includes the adjacent University of Brighton Moulsecoomb campus.



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