MORE than a billion pounds worth of developments could be arriving in Brighton and Hove in the coming years. The seafront is in line to be revitalised with a grand £500 million vision including a new 10,000-seat entertainment venue. Hundreds of homes look set to be built in a large marina development, thousands of student-built bedrooms are springing up across the city – and historic buildings such as Shelter Hall and the Pavilion Estate are set for a multi-million pound boost. Jody Doherty-Cove reports.

Sea Lanes, Brighton seafront

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Plans to transform the seafront with a 50-metre swimming pool and business area have been given temporary planning permission.

Leaders of the Sea Lanes want to see their project to open a 50-metre National Open Water Swimming Centre in Brighton Madeira Drive brought forward five years, which would mean the development would open next year.

It is planned for the old Peter Pan amusement site between Madeira Drive and Volk’s Railway, just west of the Yellowave volleyball pitches.

The plans included one and two-storey movable modular buildings with a first-floor deck, intended to provide events space and a mix of shops, cafés, restaurants and offices.

Circus Street, central Brighton, estimated project value £105 million

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The former municipal fruit and veg market will become 142 homes, 450 student beds and a state-of-art dance studio called The Dance Space.

When it opens to the public, The Dance Space will be “the South East’s vibrant new home for dance” according to South East Dance Company, which will run the space.

The site, approximately a hectare in area, housed the former municipal market building, a university building and a car park.

It is also set to provide 232 jobs with 2,046 sqm of commercial space.

The student accommodation was completed September. However, construction work on other parts of the development is still under way.

Final completion is expected at the beginning of next summer.

Developers say: “Upon completion, more than £200 million gross value will be added to the local economy in the next ten years.

“There will be a big focus on travel by bike and foot, a push for green energy and residential design that encourages more communal, responsible, neighbourly living among tenants.”

Outer Harbour Development, Brighton Marina

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A planning application has been submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council for 1,000 new “high quality”, private and affordable homes.

The plans include eight buildings of between eight and 19 storeys high alongside a 28-storey tower, designed to serve as a beacon within the marina and the city.

The height of the tower has been reduced significantly from 40 storeys in the previous planning bid, which faced fierce opposition.

Full planning permission is being sought for the first phase of 480 homes, with outline permission being sought for the final phase of up to 520 homes.

The plans include new landscaped public spaces and pedestrian walkways and a variety of private and publicly accessible gardens, designed to suit the marine environment.

Shops and business space are proposed throughout the development.

New England House, New England Street

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The business centre in New England Street is set to be refurbished and expanded.

This is part of the £4.9 million Greater Brighton City Deal awarded in 2014 from central Government.

The planned developments would mean expansion of the building. There are also plans to provide additional storeys and two extra towers on its York Hill elevation plus external cladding to the existing building and essential upgrades.

Council leader Nancy Platts said: “The developments at New England House are another great example of Brighton and Hove City Council’s drive towards doing more for the city’s local businesses.

“I hope that more businesses can take advantage of the extra space and further stimulate our local economy.”

Royal Pavilion Estates, estimated value £23.4 million

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One stage of this project will be a major restoration of the Grade I listed Corn Exchange and Grade II listed Studio Theatre.

Planners say this is to enhance audience comfort and help the building operate more efficiently.

The original contractor left site on July 1 this year but an interim contractor was quickly found.

Along with this, plan to transform the public gardens are going full steam ahead after the project was given a hefty donation.

The scheme to restore the Royal Pavilion Gardens has been handed £214,000 by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

The council will aim to submit the full bid in March 2021 with work starting in January 2022.

Plans for the gardens include several notable changes including new lighting and a secure boundary “to address vandalism and antisocial behaviour”.

Shelter Hall, Brighton Seafront

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The historic Shelter Hall, which has been completely rebuilt, is due to be completed early next year.

It will be home to the city’s first “food hall” with up to ten independent food businesses offering a range of cuisine.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “The multi-million pound project to rebuild the Shelter Hall and strengthen the seafront arches, which started in 2017, provided a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ business opportunity on the city’s world famous seafront.” The project is funded from Government grants, borrowing and council money.

The scheme also includes public toilets on the lower promenade, with a new walkway and sea wall. The West Street junction is also being remodelled to help people and traffic flow more smoothly.

Brighton Waterfront, estimated cost £540 million

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The plans for the wider seafront are the most ambitious in the city.

It is proposed that the Brighton Centre be knocked down, Churchill Square be expanded and a new 10,000-seat arena be built at Black Rock.

A report to Brighton and Hove City Council said: “This will include a sustainable transport link in and out of the marina that will run under the ramp access and ‘de-risking’ and decontamination works for the Black Rock site.

“An extension of the sea wall to facilitate this is also included.”

The project faces time pressure because work on site needs to start by March to meet the terms of the funding agreement with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

If planning permission is granted, work should start in March and be completed 12 months later.

Plans for the Brighton Centre and the new Black Rock conference centre will follow, with the work at the marina end due to be carried out first. The final phase – extending Churchill Square to the seafront – will result in a new seafront-facing “retail and leisure” centre.

Preston Barracks, Lewes Road, estimated value £200 million

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In late 2017, redevelopment of the former barracks site and adjacent University of Brighton gained planning permission.

It is set to bring 369 new homes, of which 15 per cent are “affordable housing”.

It will also provide 1,300 student beds, 50,000 sqft of office and retail space and an area for university buildings.

An “entrepreneurial hub”, which developers say will bring 854 jobs over ten years, is also planned.

That part of the development was “topped out” on July 9 this year and cladding works will be completed shortly.

The entire project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The developers said: “Working in partnership with the council and University of Brighton, we’re delivering one of Brighton’s biggest ever regeneration projects.

Our £200 million project will establish the Lewes Road area as a thriving new academic and economic corridor in Brighton.

“Preston Barracks, once owned by the Ministry of Defence, has been derelict for decades but it has a rich and vibrant past, dating back to 1793.

“This transformational project will create a thriving space for local businesses, bringing tangible benefits to the local community and the city as a whole.”