NEW photos reveal the first look of the bricked exterior of the city’s newest neighbourhood as scaffolding comes down across the site.

The £120 million Edward Street Quarter development in Brighton is set to be completed this summer, delivering 168 new homes, along with office space and retail and hospitality facilities.

The development offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, many with outside space and all with access to an impressive panoramic roof terrace and private garden for residents.

The Argus: The exterior of the development has been revealed as scaffolding has been removed: credit - Kevin MeredithThe exterior of the development has been revealed as scaffolding has been removed: credit - Kevin Meredith

Director at developer Socius Steve Eccles said: “Taking down scaffolding is always a highly-anticipated part of any development process - you can see the brickwork and it provides the first real glimpse as to how the building will look when complete.

“We were determined for Edward Street Quarter to go above and beyond expectations which is why we have incorporated elements such as our exclusive roof terrace for our residential apartments, three public art sculptures, two public squares, an app to bring the community together, an exemplary cycle scheme to encourage healthy living and much more.”

The development sits at the site of the former Amex House and will feature a mix of private and affordable units to meet local demand.

The removal of the scaffolding comes a few months after a giant mural of the Roman god Neptune was unveiled on the side of the development.

The Argus: The new mural of Neptune at Edward Street QuarterThe new mural of Neptune at Edward Street Quarter

Inspired by Brighton’s art scene, the artwork by Cosmo Sarson towers over the city at ten meters high, making it one of the largest in the city.

Cosmo, who lives in the city, said he hopes the mural proves to be a “timeless addition to Brighton’s landmarks”.

He said: “I had been exploring themes of classic mythology in my own artwork and the brief tied in nicely with a Neptune idea I was already working on.

“I had been looking at classical sculpture and the ‘contrapposto’ pose I have used - where the weight is rested upon one leg - is a direct reference to that.

“Brighton is a city of sanctuary for the LGBTQ+ community and this image is a deliberate and subtle nod to that.”