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Studio Egret West’s 900-home Brighton scheme advances as sale of site agreed

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Studio Egret West’s 903-home Preston Barracks scheme in Brighton has received a major boost after the council agreed to sell the site to the project’s developer

Developer U+I announced it had signed contracts with Brighton & Hove City Council to purchase the site for the consented regeneration project on a long-derelict site.

Studio Egret West has masterplanned the scheme as well as designing 369 homes within it, while TP Bennett has designed 534 student bedrooms.

The development will also include a 4,600m2 innovation hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, which has attracted £7.7 million of grant funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

New public streets and squares will be created along with ‘edible’ landscaping, including fruit trees and vegetable growing areas, and a 1km fitness route with outdoor play space and exercise equipment.

Brighton & Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan said: ‘This is an enormous boost for homes, jobs and businesses in the city, a landmark development finally making good use of a site that has been derelict for decades.

‘It’s a great step forward for the University of Brighton and will provide a significant amount of student accommodation that will help reduce the pressure on our housing stock.

‘The city council is pleased to be part of this creative partnership regeneration project with U+I which will bring huge benefit to the city and the community around Lewes Road.’

Demolition of the buildings on the army barracks is almost complete and building works are due to begin soon.

Completion is expected by 2021.

Sew preston barracks

Sew preston barracks

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