U+I appoints Graham to deliver commercial hub in Brighton

WCN Editorial Team 1 Jun 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

Graham Construction has been appointed by regeneration and property developer U+I to deliver a new commercial hub for start-up and SME businesses as part of Preston Barracks redevelopment in Brighton, UK.

The 50,000ft² building will be constructed as part of the first phase of works on the overall Preston Barracks project, a mixed-use regeneration scheme.

Designed by architects Studio Egret and tp bennett, the £200m ($266m) project will include 369 new homes, 534 student beds, shops, cafes and workshops.

The wider masterplan, which includes two of the University of Brighton sites, will provide additional student accommodation and academic facilities.

The masterplan is expected to deliver more than 1,500 new jobs and bring £281m ($374m) into Brighton & Hove’s economy over the next 10 years.

U+I senior development manager Sarah Chitty said: “We are excited to be underway with the construction of Preston Barracks, delivering a project that will breathe new life into a derelict site, and will support the economy, academic life and growth of Brighton.

“We’re proud to be working with Graham on the first phase of the project. Their commitment to supporting local communities and economies is closely aligned to our own vision to create long lasting benefits for the places in which we work.

“This building will provide much needed flexible office space for growing businesses and start-ups that will ultimately boost the business economy of the city.”

The seven-storey concrete-framed workspace building will target a BREEAM Excellent rating and will provide a variety of flexible workspaces, as well as prototyping facilities, events spaces and a landscaped roof garden.

Graham Construction expects the building to be completed by the end of 2019. It will be part-funded by Coast to Capital, a Local Enterprise Partnership.

Graham Construction development director Rob Joyce said: “Our main objective is to create a high-quality commercial building that will attract enterprising, high-growth companies to the area.

“We will work closely with U+I and the project team to ensure that it provides a range of functioning spaces that are tailored to the needs of the individuals using it, while fostering entrepreneurship and excellence in innovation.”

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