CREATIVE entrepreneurs are being urged to apply for rent-free workspace at a renovated former army barracks.

Those successful will be along the first to move on to the Preston Barracks site in Lewes Road, Brighton.

The former army facility, which has been derelict for a quarter of a century, is being transformed into a retail, employment, business and academic centre.

The site will also feature FIELD, a temporary project which will provide workspaces for creative entrepreneurs

The project’s goal is to support design and technology start-ups, as part of the regeneration of the barracks.

Any start-up with a vision to build a business based on an innovative product is encouraged to apply.

James Nettleton, who is overseeing FIELD, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a new temporary home for Brighton’s incredible variety of entrepreneurs, inventors and product designers.

“We want this exciting space to bring together like-minded people in a community that thrives on the free exchange of ideas.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a large scale campus for high growth product design and technology businesses as part of the regeneration of Preston Barracks.

"The temporary FIELD project is key to shaping what the future of this place looks like.”

In addition to the workshop space, part of the site has also been allocated for The Wood Store, a reclaimed wood furniture maker and recycling enterprise, which was previously based in Circus Street, and zero waste drinks producer Old Tree.

Property regeneration company U+I, The University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Council are working together with artists and innovators to develop FIELD.

The development of Preston Barracks and nearby University of Brighton Mithras House and Watts Building will create 350 houses, 750 student bedrooms, shops, a university research laboratory and a health centre.

For more details and to apply for a space visit