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Public Private Partnership
Preston Barracks, Brighton
Working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and University of Brighton, we’re delivering one of Brighton’s biggest ever regeneration projects. It will create over 1,500 jobs and inject more than £280 million into the local economy over the next ten years.
Planning permission for this transformational site was secured in December 2017 for the comprehensive regeneration of Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus. This consent set in motion one of the city’s biggest ever mixed-use regeneration schemes and we subsequently completed the sale of the student accommodation element in February 2018, allowing the scheme to commence onsite.
Our £200 million GDV project – part of a wider scheme – will establish the Lewes Road area as a thriving new academic and economic corridor in Brighton. Preston Barracks, once owned by the Ministry of Defence, has been derelict for decades but it has a rich and vibrant past, dating back to 1793. Today, work is underway to bring the site back to life.
The development will deliver 369 new homes, including affordable housing, and 534 student bedrooms in managed halls of residence, meeting a widely recognised shortfall in the city. These accommodations will be uniquely positioned against a new home for the University’s Business School.
In Summer 2020 the first building at Preston Barracks opened. The Plus X Innovation Hub, a 50,000 sq ft industry-leading office building, provides space for start-ups and SMEs to thrive. It represents an ambition from U+I to champion sustainable development and to instil wellbeing at the heart of office life. The design of the innovation hub takes into account a range of key sustainability factors from air quality, temperature control and humidity. A programme of focused wellbeing events take place each week with yoga classes, mental health training and a dog-friendly policy to help reduce stress.
This transformational project will create a thriving space for local businesses, bringing tangible benefits to the local community and the city as a whole.