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Conran wins go-ahead for super-green Brighton offices

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[First look + plans] Conran + Partners has won planning permission for this six-storey office building on the Astoria Cinema site in Brighton

Designed in collaboration with sustainability consultant Atelier Ten, the 4,645m² building in Gloucester Place will house commercial space, a cafe, shared amenity space and special enterprise units.

The scheme includes locally sourced materials, natural ventilation, solar shading to prevent overheating and ‘earth ducts to provide cooled air in the summer and preheated air in the winter’.

There are also plans for rainwater harvesting to provide grey water for use within the new building (see full Design and Access Statement attached right).

Lee Davies, director at Conran + Partners, said: ‘This scheme will provide employment and a modern space, aimed at the arts and creative businesses, while at the same time demonstrating world-class sustainability credentials.

‘The development will be a great lift to the North Laine area and we hope it will be part of the regeneration that will stretch from the Astoria site all along London Road.



Brighton’s Astoria was opened as a cinema in 1933 following a construction period of just five months. It stopped showing films in 1977 and subsequently was used as a bingo hall until 1996.

The building has since stood vacant and deteriorating despite attempts by a variety of groups and individuals to revitalise the site.

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