Brighton’s big regeneration
Dorking Hub members visited U+I Group’s Lewes Road development
Members see Preston Barracks development under way.
Developer U+I Group recently hosted a site visit for Dorking Hub members to the current development of Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb Campus – one of Brighton’s biggest ever mixed-use regeneration schemes.
Working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and the university, U+I is transforming three sites on Lewes Road: Preston Barracks, which was once owned by the Ministry of Defence and has been derelict for decades, and the Moulsecoomb campus’s Watts and Mithras car parks.
The project will create over 1,500 jobs and inject more than £280m into the local economy over the next 10 years – and will establish the area as a thriving new academic and economic corridor in Brighton.
Included in the scheme are: 369 homes including 534 student bedrooms; a new academic building; an entrepreneurial hub for startups and SME businesses (supported by grant funding from Coast to Capital); shops, cafes and workshops; and a pedestrian bridge across the busy Lewes Road.