A new block of rental homes in the city centre has welcomed its first residents.

The Blockhouse, in Pelham Street, Brighton, is made up 135 flats.

There are studios, one, two and three-bedroom flats.

The six-storey buildings were built on the site of a Victorian school building which was once part of Brighton Met College.

The building was completed at the end of last year and the first residents moved in this month.

The flats are run by third-party Touchstone, a build-to-rent managing agent.

Touchstone said The Blockhouse is ideally located in the heart of Brighton city centre, within a five-minute walk from both the train station and North Laine.

Residents of flats will be able to use its gym, working space, lounge and roof terrace.

The Argus: One of the communal areas in The BlockhouseOne of the communal areas in The Blockhouse (Image: Touchstone)

The homes will be accompanied by a social events programme for residents and a first-in-class customer experience, coordinated by Touchstone’s onsite team.

A spokesman for Touchstone said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our first customers to The Blockhouse and providing them with a premium experience.

"The development will be an important and exciting addition to Brighton’s bustling city centre, becoming an active member of the community and embodying the drive for sustainability that is shared by the wider community.’’