The Argus£150m redevelopment moves closer after Brighton site sold to developers (From The Argus)

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Preston Barracks site sold to developers in £150m deal

The Argus: £150m barracks redevelopment moves closer after site sold to developers £150m barracks redevelopment moves closer after site sold to developers

The £150million redevelopment of a former barracks has moved a step closer after the site was sold to developers.

Preston Barracks, in Lewes Road, Brighton, is set to be transformed into a retail, employment and academic centre with 350 new homes.

There will also feature a business centre supporting cutting-edge firms along with student accommodation for 1,300.

The project, which has been years in the making, has moved a step closer this week after Brighton and Hove City Council exchanged contracts with the University of Brighton and developers Cathedral Group.

It comes after the Government’s announcement on July 7 that it intends injecting £7.7m into the development as part of a £17.4m investment in University of Brighton research and buildings.

Development bosses say the agreement now means they can work on plans in more details before planning permission is sought.

Professor Julian Crampton, vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “We have worked closely with the City Council and Cathedral Group to create a comprehensive plan. “The development incorporates a range of uses from residential accommodation and student residences, to space for a new university academic building and innovation space for the university and business to work closely together.”

The plan will see the development of the disused barracks along with land owned by the university next door, the car park of the Watts building, and the Mithras House car park.

At the Preston Barracks site there will be 350 houses, 20% of which are affordable, 500 student bedrooms, a university research laboratory and a health centre. The Mithras House car park will feature 552 student bedrooms and a small retail area. Meanwhile the Watts Building car park will have 264 student bedrooms, further retail space and space for future academic expansion.

Notably there will also be a business incubation centre and cutting-edge facility that will support new hi-tech and design-led manufacturing start-up companies and entrepreneurs.

It is estimates the development will create 740 new jobs over a 10-year period.

Richard Upton, chief executive of Cathedral Group, said: “This is a major development project and will create a new gateway to the city from the north, further establishing the university at the centre of Brighton’s economic life.

“Work will now begin on site immediately to set the stage for the upcoming programme of spectacular events planned for the next two years.”

Jason Kitcat, leader of the council, said the site had “huge potential”.

He added: “The development will deliver hundreds of good homes, while the student accommodation will ease pressures on family homes. Hundreds of jobs will be created and we will radically improve the appearance of this key gateway to the city while supporting Brighton University’s future success.”

The barracks was built in 1793 amid fears Napoleon might invade England.

But, after a period of decline, it has sat empty for more than 20 years.

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3:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rolivan says...

Why has this important article been pushed to the bottom of the Column?
Why has this important article been pushed to the bottom of the Column? rolivan
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

s&k says...

Christ, that's a lot of traffic for the Lewes Road!
Christ, that's a lot of traffic for the Lewes Road! s&k
  • Score: 8

4:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

s&k wrote:
Christ, that's a lot of traffic for the Lewes Road!
How many more non tax paying students do they want to cram into this over populated city it beggars belief. There all be crying in a moment that the council is at breaking point, because the rates aren't high enough.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Christ, that's a lot of traffic for the Lewes Road![/p][/quote]How many more non tax paying students do they want to cram into this over populated city it beggars belief. There all be crying in a moment that the council is at breaking point, because the rates aren't high enough. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 8

4:58pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Mr Crampton fails to confirm if all of the halls being built across the city for the 5,000 additional students coming to the city are for first year students only or will the uni now be providing homes for students throughout their three/four year courses.
If they are for first year students only, we can expect more family homes to be converted into student lets. As the Lewes Road corridor has already reached its maximum with the council refusing permission for new HMOs in this area, where will the council allow family homes to be converted - Preston Park, Queen's Park?
Also as student properties do not pay council tax so that will be a loss of revenue to the city, will the uni be funding the gap in revenue to the council or will residents expect a council tax increase to plug the gap?
Mr Crampton fails to confirm if all of the halls being built across the city for the 5,000 additional students coming to the city are for first year students only or will the uni now be providing homes for students throughout their three/four year courses. If they are for first year students only, we can expect more family homes to be converted into student lets. As the Lewes Road corridor has already reached its maximum with the council refusing permission for new HMOs in this area, where will the council allow family homes to be converted - Preston Park, Queen's Park? Also as student properties do not pay council tax so that will be a loss of revenue to the city, will the uni be funding the gap in revenue to the council or will residents expect a council tax increase to plug the gap? Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 17

5:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

What about all the poor sods who live in and around Coombe Road there life's are already hell it can only get worse. As I've said before there's not one brain on the council. Build more houses for struggling families instead of pandering to students.
What about all the poor sods who live in and around Coombe Road there life's are already hell it can only get worse. As I've said before there's not one brain on the council. Build more houses for struggling families instead of pandering to students. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 19

7:39pm Wed 16 Jul 14

vogon1 says...

This project has been years in the making? What, years to come up with exactly the same plan as all derelict sites in brighton. Low cost/student housing, retail units or offices. Genius.
This project has been years in the making? What, years to come up with exactly the same plan as all derelict sites in brighton. Low cost/student housing, retail units or offices. Genius. vogon1
  • Score: 5

8:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

lonegull says...

We might all want our pet project there but this has to be seen as excellent news. Wasted site put back to good use.
We might all want our pet project there but this has to be seen as excellent news. Wasted site put back to good use. lonegull
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rayellerton says...

Still no council housing for the 1000's on waiting list i see....
Still no council housing for the 1000's on waiting list i see.... rayellerton
  • Score: 8

8:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

Stuart Munday says...

Where is everyone going to park then?
Where is everyone going to park then? Stuart Munday
  • Score: 3

11:23am Thu 17 Jul 14

downbythesea says...

I think it's a good idea, there is a proportion of affordable (20%) housing out of the 350 homes on the barracks site, and creation of business opportunities & employment.

Yes "affordable" in a property hotspot is never going to be truly affordable, that's just life, and yes I wish there was council housing being built, but can the council afford to pay for it? NO, and it's a commercial development that has to make a profit to be built in the first place!

I have no problem with students having accommodation close to their universities, it will relieve the pressure on local housing IF they are allowed to build more for them rather than just only enough for the first year intake.

Don't forget today's students (90% of whom are decent, and only a few bad apples - I know I lived next to some really s***ty ones for 10 years in Brighton) are tomorrows Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Scientists, Engineers, Software Professionals, Politicians (well forget politicians they all talk out of their Ar**s! - especially Green ones)...

So people, how about everyone stops moaning about anything new or different, especially the bleeping saveHove lot, and the Nimbys who have forgotten what's it like to be alive and just want everything to have a rose tinted Victoriana glow.

Brighton has been stuck in the past for far too long.
I think it's a good idea, there is a proportion of affordable (20%) housing out of the 350 homes on the barracks site, and creation of business opportunities & employment. Yes "affordable" in a property hotspot is never going to be truly affordable, that's just life, and yes I wish there was council housing being built, but can the council afford to pay for it? NO, and it's a commercial development that has to make a profit to be built in the first place! I have no problem with students having accommodation close to their universities, it will relieve the pressure on local housing IF they are allowed to build more for them rather than just only enough for the first year intake. Don't forget today's students (90% of whom are decent, and only a few bad apples - I know I lived next to some really s***ty ones for 10 years in Brighton) are tomorrows Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Scientists, Engineers, Software Professionals, Politicians (well forget politicians they all talk out of their Ar**s! - especially Green ones)... So people, how about everyone stops moaning about anything new or different, especially the bleeping saveHove lot, and the Nimbys who have forgotten what's it like to be alive and just want everything to have a rose tinted Victoriana glow. Brighton has been stuck in the past for far too long. downbythesea
  • Score: 2

11:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

Skidrow says...

I am delighted to see that they are building all over the student car parks, with the roads being virtually dedicated to cycle and bus lanes, there can be no need for them to have cars.
I am delighted to see that they are building all over the student car parks, with the roads being virtually dedicated to cycle and bus lanes, there can be no need for them to have cars. Skidrow
  • Score: -2

5:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Maxwell mentions over abundance of HMOs and are we at saturation point. Thing is, very few HMOs are registered so the council thinks there only a fraction of the reality. Go round the roads at the bottom of elm grove, loads of student lets yet only a few registered. If you report it to the council they do nothing. I tried.
Maxwell mentions over abundance of HMOs and are we at saturation point. Thing is, very few HMOs are registered so the council thinks there only a fraction of the reality. Go round the roads at the bottom of elm grove, loads of student lets yet only a few registered. If you report it to the council they do nothing. I tried. NickBrt
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

76robmac says...

Infer structure ?
Infer structure ? 76robmac
  • Score: 1

9:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

**** U KITKKAT
**** U KITKKAT FatherTed11
  • Score: 2
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