£73m City College Brighton and Hove plans unveiled

£73m City College Brighton and Hove plans unveiled

£73m City College Brighton and Hove plans unveiled

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A £73.4 million plan to rejuvenate a college has been unveiled – with work possibly starting next year.

After months of asking the public what they think, City College Brighton and Hove has submitted its proposal to transform its Pelham Street campus.

In addition to an eight-storey building with more than 12,000sqm of teaching space, plans include a ten-storey tower of 442 student accommodation rooms and up to 125 homes.

If approved by planning committee, those behind the “car free” scheme hope it could be opened to the public in three years time.

Lynn Thackway, the college’s principal, said: “Our aim is to be an outstanding and responsive college at the heart of learning in Brighton and Hove with a commitment to continuous quality improvement.

“This means delivering vocational and professional learning, skills and apprenticeship opportunities in accommodation that is fit for purpose and our proposals for the redevelopment of our Pelham Street campus will help us meet this vision, as well as contributing to the economic and social well-being of the city.”

The Argus reported in November that new financial backers had been found for the redevelopment.

About 124 construction jobs are expected to be created if it is approved.

Pedestrianised

Under the plans, building work will take part in phases and see the demolition of the 1960s Pelham Tower and the Cheapside, Trafalgar and York buildings, which are across the road.

However, following concerns from conservationists, the Gloucester building, which backs on to Trafalgar Court, will remain.

The college’s car park would also be lost although a new public square will be created and Pelham Street would be pedestrianised.

After consultation, the student accommodation numbers were brought down from 500 and the building height reduced by a storey. A management plan would also be drawn up to minimise impact on neighbours.

According to the planning application by Surrey-based Harwood Savin: “The college simply cannot afford to continue supporting and running the extent of inefficient and failing building stock.”

Tony Mernagh, of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, who is also a governor at the college, said: “The scheme is definitely needed. We’re aware it’s a big development and we’re aware the car park will go. But, on balance, it’s definitely the right path to go down.”

The planning application will be dealt with by October.

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4:19pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Juliusinnit says...

This scheme is purely a cash cow! Why else would they really want to build an accommodation tower? I'm sure that would be much more lucrative than the current car park. Just think how much they will be able to charge for accommodation in such a central spot! They already sold off their lovely building opposite The Level to be turned into flats.

I studied at that college when it was Brighton College of Technology. Back in the day they used to care about education. I liked that dated look of the place. Now it's all being modernised.

It seems that there is nothing in Brighton that is not being subjected to renovation, gentrification and "trendyising." I hate it!

I personally LOVED the 1960's Churchill Square with the "Spirit of Brighton" statue, the Bejam and red telephone boxes. It all had character!

Whatever next? Bedford Square with a Starbucks stuck slap bang in the middle of it? And I hate the idea of the glass tower on the seafront. If anyone had wanted to conserve Brighton's history and character then the West Pier would have been resurrected!
This scheme is purely a cash cow! Why else would they really want to build an accommodation tower? I'm sure that would be much more lucrative than the current car park. Just think how much they will be able to charge for accommodation in such a central spot! They already sold off their lovely building opposite The Level to be turned into flats. I studied at that college when it was Brighton College of Technology. Back in the day they used to care about education. I liked that dated look of the place. Now it's all being modernised. It seems that there is nothing in Brighton that is not being subjected to renovation, gentrification and "trendyising." I hate it! I personally LOVED the 1960's Churchill Square with the "Spirit of Brighton" statue, the Bejam and red telephone boxes. It all had character! Whatever next? Bedford Square with a Starbucks stuck slap bang in the middle of it? And I hate the idea of the glass tower on the seafront. If anyone had wanted to conserve Brighton's history and character then the West Pier would have been resurrected! Juliusinnit
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4:31pm Mon 1 Jul 13

s_james says...

Clearly a vast improvement of the current situation
Clearly a vast improvement of the current situation s_james
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4:32pm Mon 1 Jul 13

s_james says...

Clearly a vast improvement on the current situation
Clearly a vast improvement on the current situation s_james
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4:36pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Nick Brighton says...

The architecture is pretty dull and uninspired, but not horrible. I think I'd agree with it if I could see it in more detail.
The architecture is pretty dull and uninspired, but not horrible. I think I'd agree with it if I could see it in more detail. Nick Brighton
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4:45pm Mon 1 Jul 13

heartthrob says...

lets hope its a local Architect firm such as Miller Bourne who do nationwide school building projects
lets hope its a local Architect firm such as Miller Bourne who do nationwide school building projects heartthrob
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5:25pm Mon 1 Jul 13

RK_Brighton says...

Sounds promising. Will definitely improve the area behind Trafalgar Street nod hopefully also help the London Road area.

Would love to see more plans, but overall this is likely a very welcome improvement to our city and for education in our city
Sounds promising. Will definitely improve the area behind Trafalgar Street nod hopefully also help the London Road area. Would love to see more plans, but overall this is likely a very welcome improvement to our city and for education in our city RK_Brighton
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5:37pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Juliusinnit says...

RK_Brighton wrote:
Sounds promising. Will definitely improve the area behind Trafalgar Street nod hopefully also help the London Road area.

Would love to see more plans, but overall this is likely a very welcome improvement to our city and for education in our city
The only thing it will be improving is the bank balance of the college and the senior directors behind the scheme! If they'd really been serious about providing good education in a pleasant environment they'd never have sold off their premises directly opposite The Level. I don't see how knocking down a tower block and building another one actually provides a better standard of education! They've already tarted up the Pelham Street entrance with a glorified conservatory and various other bits. I just do not like all the titivating and tarting up. Anywhere that had any character - the Open Market, The Level are being dessimated.

I am pleased that Peter Grant's "Kappa" electrical repairs shop in Trafalgar Street looks exactly the same as it did when I was a child!
[quote][p][bold]RK_Brighton[/bold] wrote: Sounds promising. Will definitely improve the area behind Trafalgar Street nod hopefully also help the London Road area. Would love to see more plans, but overall this is likely a very welcome improvement to our city and for education in our city[/p][/quote]The only thing it will be improving is the bank balance of the college and the senior directors behind the scheme! If they'd really been serious about providing good education in a pleasant environment they'd never have sold off their premises directly opposite The Level. I don't see how knocking down a tower block and building another one actually provides a better standard of education! They've already tarted up the Pelham Street entrance with a glorified conservatory and various other bits. I just do not like all the titivating and tarting up. Anywhere that had any character - the Open Market, The Level are being dessimated. I am pleased that Peter Grant's "Kappa" electrical repairs shop in Trafalgar Street looks exactly the same as it did when I was a child! Juliusinnit
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5:59pm Mon 1 Jul 13

rolivan says...

It looks like the City has become an Educational Facility.If this is the case why don't they go the whole hog and turn the Royal Sussex into an Education Facility and build a brand new Hospital at Toads Hole or even somewhere near the A27 or A23 it is called the Royal SUSSEX after all it doesn't have to be in the middle of the City.They are trying to redevelop a 21st Century Hospital on a 19th Century site.
It looks like the City has become an Educational Facility.If this is the case why don't they go the whole hog and turn the Royal Sussex into an Education Facility and build a brand new Hospital at Toads Hole or even somewhere near the A27 or A23 it is called the Royal SUSSEX after all it doesn't have to be in the middle of the City.They are trying to redevelop a 21st Century Hospital on a 19th Century site. rolivan
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10:20pm Mon 1 Jul 13

thommy says...

Sounds good but do not hold your breath. the clowns that have run this place for some years could not organise a drink at a brewery.
Sounds good but do not hold your breath. the clowns that have run this place for some years could not organise a drink at a brewery. thommy
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10:48pm Mon 1 Jul 13

onerob says...

The Pelham Street block is rubbish. Knock it down.
The Pelham Street block is rubbish. Knock it down. onerob
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