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Revamp scheme for Edward Street area of Brighton
A multinational's headquarters, law courts and a police station could all be demolished as part of the regeneration of a run-down area.
With staff at American Express currently relocating to the firm’s new £140million building, Brighton and Hove City Council has drawn up a wish list for the company’s former “wedding cake” site in Edward Street, Brighton.
The local authority sees it as a prime plot for homes and offices as part of a wider redevelopment scheme.
In a guide to be used by any future developer, town hall bosses have also included the courts and the city’s central police station in John Street.
However, they made clear any decision to redevelop these sites would depend on the landowners.
The council said the aim of the whole project was to create a “dynamic first class business and residential district with a strong sense of place, distinguished by high quality townscape, architecture and public realm”.
According to the planning brief, which is due to be signed off by councillors next week, any development should be zero-carbon.
The local authority wants to replace the old Amex House building with offices and 65 new properties.
If agreed by the council’s economic development on Thursday, residents will be asked for their views as part of a six-week public consultation.
Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development committee, said: “The Amex development provides us with the perfect opportunity to look at how we could develop and improve the wider area around Edward Street.
“I am looking forward to seeing the draft proposals and would urge residents to take the opportunity to have their say if the plans go out for consultation.”
American Express has until 2016 at the very latest to vacate and demolish its old headquarters.
The Job Centre Plus block would be the second phase of any development and it is hoped changes to the Amex site could act as a catalyst.
Sussex Police admitted last year it could close its John Street station as the repair costs are too high.
However, the council admitted there is currently no known aspirations by owner Crown Properties to redevelop the Magistrates’ Court.
Also included in the planning brief is Dorset Gardens Peace Park, which the local authority feels could serve its community better.
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