Circus Street Development
After almost three years of being granted approval by the Brighton & Hove planning committee, the Circus Street development has finally begun.
This scheme created by the developer U+I, is a re-development of the wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Circus Street, which re-located to the Hollingbury industrial estate thirteen years ago. Costing £130million, the project will see 140 much needed new homes, 450 student rooms and 2787 sq. metres of office space, as well as a major dance studio for South East Dance.
Piling is now underway on site after funding for the project was secured with GCP Student Living plc and Gravis Capital Management Limited. It is hoped that the bulk of the scheme will be ready before 2020, and offices and shops could be available for prospective tenants to purchase in about six months.
Furthermore, the public private partnership between U+I and Brighton and Hove Council will create more than 400 jobs as well as injecting £200million into the economy over the next ten years.
Rebuilding the former West Street Shelter Hall
Work to reconstruct the former West street Shelter hall started in October 2015. The project set out to double the commercial space of the building, earning revenue for the council which could contribute to the future upkeep of the seafront.
The rebuilt hall will provide a great new flagship 21st century commercial business location close to the British Airways i360 observation tower. The main building will be two storeys high and include a partial mezzanine floor. Additionally, it has been granted permission for restaurant use, a shop which will accommodate an existing tenant, and new public toilets.
However, to do the work on the Shelter Hall they have to reduce the size of the seafront road over two and a half years. This essential work will save the seafront road, the A259, from collapse and secure it for the future.
Additionally, other works include the listed wooden kiosk, which dates back to the 1880’s on the upper prom being restored and moved to a wide part of the upper prom at the bottom of East Street.
The work to rebuild the city’s seafront at West Street is thanks to a £9 million investment award from the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.