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Chalk outlines plans for Boxpark venue on Brighton seafront

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Chalk Architecture has unveiled plans to create a major events and dining destination on Brighton’s Madeira Terrace

The local practice drew up proposals with facility provider Boxpark for the restaurant-led scheme, which could include office, retail, hotel and other leisure space.

Boxpark – which has venues in Shoreditch and Croydon and is developing one in Wembley – has formally asked Brighton & Hove City Council for a 12-month exclusivity period to work up the South Coast scheme.

The project aims to revive the crumbling Victorian arches on the site between the city’s iconic pier and its marina.

Boxpark founder Roger Wade said: ‘Madeira Terrace is the embodiment of the Victorian grandeur that saw Brighton become the UK’s favourite seaside destination.

‘Our proposal aims to redevelop this much-loved area to create a year-round retail and leisure destination to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to the coast alike.

‘We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with Brighton & Hove City Council, local stakeholders and businesses and our development partners over the next 12 months to explore how we bring the Boxpark concept to Brighton while retaining the architecture and heritage that our seafront is synonymous with.’

Chalk Architecture speculatively developed a residential-led scheme for the same site three years ago and has been advocating refurbishment of the arches ever since.

Practice director Paul Nicholson said: ‘Further to developing a concept to save the Madeira Arches in 2015, we have had an ongoing constructive engagement with the local community about our ideas via our social media.

‘In response to significant public interest, the scheme has evolved over time into a dynamic proposal of new and enhanced public space wrapping around leisure, hospitality and commercial office use. Working with the Boxpark team has transformed the scheme into an exceptionally exciting prospect.’

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  • Phil Parker

    Box Park just loads of outlets selling noodles, burgers, nachos and beer. It’s basically a pub. The proposal is therefore a big pub on the beach.

    Is Brighton Council naive enough to fall for this old trick?

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  • Fingers ever crossed but yes, Phil Parker, I fear they are.

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  • Phil Parker - what is wrong with a food and drink based offering on Brighton Beach? That is what occupies much of the main promenade further up anyway. It generates revenue and is part and parcel of why toursts flock there.

    Boxpark are also offering a hotel as part of the scheme as well as improved public realm (shared surface) on Madeira Drive, so there are also wider benefits.

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