Brighton's tallest building, Sussex Heights, is to get a facelift.

Conran and Partners has been appointed to work on the maintenance and refurbishment of Sussex Heights, which is also the tallest residential tower block on the south coast

The architecture and design practice will give specialist advice to owners as on a programme of works for the building.

Work will begin in spring next year to address the building’s immediate and long-term maintenance problems.

The luxury 24-storey apartment block is close to the West Pier in Brighton, immediately behind the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel on Kings Road.

There are 115 flats on 23 floors and a large penthouse taking up the whole of the top floor. It was built between 1966 and 1968 and is 102 metres. Most apartments have uninterrupted sea views.

Past projects for Conran and Partners in Brighton include Embassy Court and the Argus Lofts.

The team also played an important role in helping to save the Art Deco Saltdean lido.

Paul Zara, director of Conran Partners, said: “We love working with old buildings and have a lot of experience with different eras and styles, but we find owners of mid to late 20th century buildings are turning to us more and more for our expertise.

“At Sussex Heights we will advise the board on how best to improve the façade and windows and we will assist in a plan of works that will address immediate and long term maintenance issues for what is a striking landmark in Brighton.”

A spokesman for the board at Sussex Heights, said: "We are at a very early stage with this project and have appointed Conran and Partners to give us specialist advice as we move forward with a programme of works for the building.

“Conran has a lot of experience working with modern buildings, including Sussex Heights’ architect Richard Seifert’s Centre Point tower in London, and their advice will enable us to provide residents with an on-going programme of refurbishment and improvement to their building.”