U+I closes deal for Preston Barracks mixed-use regeneration project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 28 Feb 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Regeneration company U+I has concluded a deal with Brighton & Hove City Council to transform the Lewes Road area of Brighton, UK.

Preston Barracks in Brighton, a brownfield site that has been lying vacant for more than two decades, will be part of the wider regeneration partnership with the University of Brighton, which will transform the area into a new destination for people to live, work and learn.

The £300m project will deliver more than 1,500 new jobs, 369 homes, 1,338 student beds and bring £281m into Brighton & Hove’s economy over the next 10 years.

U+I’s proposals include 369 new homes, 534 student beds (a partnership with Scape Student Living), and a 50,000ft2 innovation hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs to attract hi-growth companies and increase international investment into Brighton and Hove.

The hub has already attracted £7.7m of grant funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

U+I has established the first fully operational hub, Central Research Laboratory (CRL), at its ‘The Old Vinyl Factory’ project in Hayes, which complements the regeneration work by providing an innovative workplace for local start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The mixed-use regeneration project at Preston Barracks will feature new public streets and squares, landscaping with fruit trees and vegetable-growing areas, and a 1km fitness route with outdoor play space and exercise equipment.

The area will also have improved transport links between neighbouring residential areas and the train station.

U+I has finalised agreements with student accommodation provider, Scape Student Living, to deliver more than 500 student bedrooms on the site to help address the city’s under-supply of student accommodation.

Demolition of the buildings on the army barracks is almost complete and construction is expected to begin shortly.

Students of the University of Brighton have designed imaginative hoardings to be displayed around the site.

The regeneration, designed by Studio Egret West and TP Bennett, is expected to be completed by 2021.

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