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Preston Barracks, Brighton


In July 2014, U+I Group exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Brighton to bring forward the development of Preston Barracks, a significant mixed-use regeneration project.

The £150 million scheme is part of a wider regeneration initiative to transform an area of Brighton, establish the University at the centre of Brighton’s economic life, attract enterprising and high-growth companies, and attract international investment.

Proposals for the 2.2 hectare plot include the development of the Preston Barracks site, the University’s Moulsecoomb campus and adjoining University land comprising:

  • 350 new homes.
  • 1,316 student beds.
  • New academic buildings.
  • 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

The development will also incorporate a 55,000 sq. ft. commercial building for start-ups and SMEs in high-tech manufacturing. £7.7 million of funding has been secured from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Preston Barracks is currently (2016) in the masterplanning stage. U+I are working with award-winning architects Studio Egret West to generate ambitious and colourful designs that enhance the University campus and create a unique northern gateway to the city centre. The planning application will be submitted in 2016.

Project data:

  • Date acquired: July 2014
  • Value: £150m
  • Architect: Studio Egret West
  • Development partners: Brighton and Hove City Council, University of Brighton

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