The largest eco-friendly roof in Europe is set to be built in Brighton.

Plans for the Brighton International Arena, which is earmarked for the Black Rock site, include a green roof which looks more like a golf course when viewed from above.

The living roof is a curved structure covered with a layer of sedum, a succulent plant, and other organic material.

The plants have been specially chosen to survive the strong coastal winds.

Councillor Simon Burgess, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "Top quality design and high levels of sustainability are essentials for our city.

"The Brighton International Arena design respects that well and will transform a derelict area into a first class facility for local people and the essential tourist trade."

The Brighton International Arena will be centred around two Olympic-sized ice rinks, making Brighton a national centre of excellence for ice skating in the UK.

The main arena will also be able to be converted into an 11,000 capacity venue for sports events, concerts and live shows.