The derelict wholesale fruit & veg market in Circus Street will open its doors to the public for next week when people in Brighton & Hove are invited to an exhibition seeking opinion on regeneration proposals for the area.
It is estimated that the project will bring investment of over £200million into Brighton & Hove over the next ten years, create over 600 jobs, deliver two stunning new public buildings and much needed new office space for the city’s creative digital companies to grow into – at no cost to the tax payer.
Developers Cathedral Group are leading a partnership that includes site land owners Brighton & Hove City Council and the neighbouring University of Brighton as well as South East Dance to build a completely new quarter in the city which will contribute significantly to both the cultural and economic future of Brighton & Hove.
Richard Upton, Chief Executive of Cathedral Group, said, “ By partnering with forward-thinking local authorities and other public bodies to develop on publicly owned land we can build new public facilities and regenerate disadvantaged parts of city centres, at no cost to the public purse".
"Here in Brighton we will create a really vibrant new part of the city with much-needed homes, student accommodation, a brand new home for internationally-recognised South East Dance complete with a dedicated centre for dance for artists and local communities, a new University arts building with a library, teaching space and public exhibition gallery as well as plenty of new office and business space. Our scheme will be one of the most sustainable developments in the UK.”
“We feel very strongly about Brighton & Hove and its place in the UK’s future digital economy. Some of the UK’s most innovative creative businesses are based in the city and The University of Brighton has an enviable reputation for turning out some of our country’s most talented graduates. With the internationally-recognised South East Dance in our partnership we have an incredibly exciting opportunity to contribute to Brighton & Hove’s future. We’re a bit fed up of seeing all eyes and the limited investment available focussing so much on one square mile of London, Old Street and Shoreditch, when we believe that Brighton & Hove should be regarded as the premier creative and digital hub in the UK. We we will be putting the fight for the future of Brighton & Hove’s thriving creative digital industry at the top of our list of priorities – our development will help provide the ‘move on’ space that these companies need to remain in the city.”
Cllr Jason Kitkat, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said, “We are pleased to be working in such close partnership with Cathedral, the University of Brighton and South East Dance to drive this regeneration. “The area is changing for the better, and the really strong economic and social benefits that this scheme will generate are part of that change. It's good to see progress with yet another regeneration project in central Brighton. Despite the recession there is now a lot of regeneration activity going on in this area. The Open Market project and associated housing is well underway. The council is overseeing a multi-million pound regeneration of The Level and work has started regenerating the old Co-op building while keeping its façade.”
Executive Director of The Economic Partnership, Tony Mernagh, also welcomed proposals, saying: "This is the city's opportunity to turn a scene of dereliction into a vibrant addition to the city's business and education offer. The outline proposals for the site are amongst the most exciting and imaginative the Partnership has ever seen."
Early project proposals will be unveiled next week in a temporary exhibition space being created inside the old market building, which includes opportunities for people to comment on the scheme, share their ideas, view historical images of the area and enjoy dance performances presented by South East Dance.
The exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday April 26 and 27 or you can see proposals at www.circusstreetmarket.com.
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