PLANNERS want to build two “towers” on top of a high-rise business centre.

Designers also want to add additional storeys on to New England House in New England Street, Brighton, as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment.

This comes as part of the Greater Brighton City Deal under which £4.9 million was awarded in 2014 from central government.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The council’s business centre that provides space for creative, digital and IT businesses in the city has been popular with local businesses and start-ups as a place to try out new ideas.

“While early in the design planning, there are plans to provide external cladding to the existing building and essential upgrades, improving the building’s thermal performance and reducing carbon emissions.

“As well as design and environmental benefits, public access will be improved by replacing the staircase that’s located between York Hill and New England Street with a ramp.”

The design and business case will be brought back for consideration and approval by the council’s Policy and Resources Committee next year before submission of a planning application.