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U+I gets go-ahead for £300m Brighton regen

U+I has been given the green light to kick off a £300m regeneration project in Brighton.

The developer has secured planning consent for a major overhaul of the University of Brighton’s Mouslecoomb campus alongside Preston Barracks on Lewes Road.

The developer is working in a public-private partnership with the University of Brighton on the 10-year project, which includes 369 new homes, 1,338 student bedrooms, and a new building for the university’s business school.

Designed by architects Hassell, Studio Egret West, TP Bennett, and Stride Treglown, the project will also include a 50,000 sq ft business hub for start-up firms.

It is estimated the regeneration scheme could create over 1,500 jobs over the next 10 years.

U+I deputy chief executive Richard Upton said: “The Preston Barracks project is one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects to have been brought forward in Brighton for a number of years.

“We will deliver world-class, imaginative urban design, leaving a lasting legacy that befits such an inspirational city.”

University of Brighton vice chancellor Debra Humpris said: “We are delighted that our plans have been approved. This partnership aims to deliver one of the most ambitious and transformational projects for the city in a neighbourhood where meaningful regeneration is long overdue.

“The scheme has the potential to have a huge positive impact both for the local community and wider city, as we look to deliver on our aspiration to create an inspiring place where people can live, work and learn together.”

The project will be U+I’s second in Brighton, following its £130m Circus Street development, which secured planning consent in 2015.

The scheme includes 142 residential units, 450 student beds, 38,000 sq ft of office space, a new library and academic building for the University of Brighton, as well as a new dance studio for South East Dance.

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