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22 April 2016, 06:25
Plans for regeneration of Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus, expected to create 1000 jobs and attract over half a billion pounds into the city’s economy, will be on display today
There will be a new home for the university’s Brighton Business School along with new teaching and learning facilities.
The scheme as a whole will deliver around 1,300 student bedrooms at Preston Barracks and on the Mithras House car park, ensuring provision of quality, managed accommodation for students at the university and taking the pressure off private rented accommodation.
All existing university parking spaces will be replaced by a multi-storey carpark on the Watts car park site and there will be additional car parking at Preston Barracks to serve the new residential and business uses.
Addressing a detailed brief for development by Brighton & Hove City Council and working with award-winning architects Studio Egret West and HASSELL, this employment-led regeneration scheme will create an estimated 1,065 new jobs and contribute £511.28 million to the city’s economy over the next ten years.
The university and U+I have an established working relationship that dates back to 2006 and have worked closely, alongside Brighton & Hove City Council, on the development now underway at Circus Street in Brighton city centre, adjacent to the university’s Grand Parade campus.
Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said, “Preston Barracks has been on the drawing board for 14 years and it is a key site for new affordable housing for local people, jobs and growth. Brighton & Hove City Council City Plan envisages a joined up approach should be taken to development along the Lewes Road so it’s great that we are working in partnership with U+I and the University of Brighton to drive forward this much-needed regeneration.”
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said, “We
see this as a great opportunity to improve the facilities we have for our students and staff as well as to open up our sites on the Lewes Road to the local community. This is a very exciting proposal for the city and for the university – one which will create an open and attractive location which generates jobs, brings economic benefit to the city and will reduce pressure on the private housing market.”
The exhibition is open to the public from 12pm to 8pm on Friday April 22 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday April 23 at FIELD at Preston Barracks and then will be taken to Churchill Square in the city centre on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. See www.momentumlewesroad.com for more information.