A CITY centre development has reached a major milestone.

The tallest building in the new £120 million mixed-use Edward Street Quarter has been constructed as the project moves a step closer to completion.

A topping out ceremony marking the placing of the final beam was held atop the 101 ft building with Brighton and Hove city councillors and businesses owners among the guests.

The Argus: Steve Eccles (First Base), Cllr Alan Robbins (Mayor of B&H), Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty (Leader of BHCC) Credit: Sam StephensonSteve Eccles (First Base), Cllr Alan Robbins (Mayor of B&H), Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty (Leader of BHCC) Credit: Sam Stephenson

The quarter’s six buildings will accommodate offices, retail and hospitality facilities and new homes with business owners given the opportunity to walk around their future office or leisure space.

It is set to be completed next year.

Steve Eccles, project director at First Base, said: “Reaching the highest point of Edward Street Quarter is a real milestone for the development.

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“We were so excited to welcome our guests for tours of Brighton’s newest neighbourhood and show them the breath-taking views from the top.

“With Grade A office space, new homes, retailers, cafes and leisure facilities, as well as green spaces and inspiring public art, Edward Street Quarter is set to become a destination in its own right.

“We are on track to complete next year and welcome occupiers, visitors and the local community alike.”

The Edward Street Quarter aims to provide 125,000 sq ft of flexible space for Brighton’s digital and creative sectors and wider corporate community.

Developers say this would make the project the largest provision of workspace to be delivered in the city since 1993.

It is hoped the space will "attract creative businesses, ambitious start-ups, entrepreneurs and established companies".

Approximately 20,000 sq ft has also been set aside for retailers, leisure, and hospitality and 168 new homes, comprising a mix of private and affordable units, will also be available.

The development includes design features to boost mental and physical wellbeing as well as three public green spaces, heavily planted with mature trees and an edible garden full of herbs.

Kevin Cooke, senior partner at real estate company Patron Capital said: “Reaching topping out is a clearly a significant milestone for what will be a fantastic addition to Brighton City Centre, and we really appreciate the team effort that has got us to this point and we look forward to completion being achieved during next year”.