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End in sight for landmark Brighton building
9:58am Friday 25th January 2013 in News
A landmark building that houses one of the county’s biggest employers will be demolished in three years.
American Express is moving its 3,000 staff into its new £140 million European headquarters in John Street, Brighton.
As part of the agreement, Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed the company’s current offices – the iconic “wedding cake” in Edward Street – must be demolished by 2016.
Local authority bosses said this will provide space for offices, homes and commercial premises.
A design brief is being drawn up to identify potential uses for the site.
Within the revised City Plan, which will guide development of Brighton and Hove until 2030, the local authority believes the plot could accommodate 20,000 sq m of offices and 65 homes.
This has been reduced from an original estimate of 30,000 sq m and 165 homes.
The City Plan will be debated by all councillors at a meeting on Thursday, January 31 in Hove Town Hall.
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