Work on the newest stage of the Kingsway to the Sea campaign has begun with work to create a new skate park and bike track.

New work will focus on a roller-skating area and pump track, both of which have been hailed as a first for Brighton and Hove.

The Hove project to improve the area was previously suspended due to cost fears but have since been resumed.

Councillor Julie Cattell, lead member for major projects, said: “We’re excited to see work beginning on Kingsway to the Sea’s new gardens and on new sports facilities that will be firsts for Brighton and Hove.

“From the outset the community has inspired and directed the entire project. Representatives from the local skatepark, biking and roller community have all been involved in the design of the wheeled sports areas.

“These will be a key part of what will be a brilliant public park for residents and visitors alike.”

The development is slated to include a 150m long pump track and a 600 square metre roller skating area.

Facilities are designed to be family friendly and are expected to be complete by summer 2024.


Among other works taking place in the project are refurbishments to toilets and developments to tennis courts and creation of padel tennis courts.

Construction on the £13.7 million project re-started in September after previously being placed on hold.

Rising construction costs and shortages in materials and labour had created a funding gap of nearly £4 million.

Council leader Bella Sankey said: “It is great news for the city that the project is now back underway and that we will have a brand-new public park with excellent sports facilities for the city's residents and visitors to enjoy. 

“Our community-minded residents have inspired and led this project from the outset and worked closely with council officers at all stages to ensure we’re delivering what people want, as much as we possibly can.   

“We have worked hard to overcome a number of setbacks and now we’re excited for the works to start ready for the 2024 summer season.”