A MASSIVE development including 142 new homes, 450 student bedrooms and office space is halfway to completion.

All the building structures at the Circus Street complex are finished apart from the office block.

The internal work is underway in the student accommodation.

The residential blocks have windows and cladding being installed and the first buildings will be ready in spring 2020..

The Dance Space building works should be finished by the autumn and the whole site is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

Karen McCormick, development director at U+I Plc, developer behind the scheme, said: “We are achieving our goals to support local employment and 21 per cent of the workforce at Circus Street are currently locals – 128 people in total.

“There are currently four apprentices employed on site in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council; and we have appointed local company Promep to carry out mechanical and electrical works.”

Circus Street will include The Dance Space, a new home for South East Dance, alongside 142 new homes, including 28 affordable, 450 student bedrooms in managed student halls of residence and 30,000 sq ft of new office space.

The Circus Street construction and development team has diverted nearly 35 tonnes of wood waste for reuse or recycling from its site in central Brighton, working with Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project.

Richard Mehmed, founder of Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project, said, “Our not-for-profit social enterprise has been saving resources and creating jobs since 1998 and we are delighted to be working with Henry Construction and developers U+I to help make this a real beacon of sustainability in the construction sector.”

“The 34.7 tonnes of rescued wood has been used in local DIY projects and made into a wide range of products, while at the same time reducing the use of imported virgin timber and saving carbon.”