Preston Barracks

The £150 million transformation of a Georgian army barracks into new homes and a rejuvenated university campus has moved a step closer with the submission of a planning application by a design team led by SEW on behalf of a partnership between the University of Brighton and developers U+I.

The regeneration of Preston Barracks in Brighton is predicted to generate £500 million for the city economy and create 1,000 jobs.

The plans for the site, which had lain derelict for 20 years, includes 369 homes, 1,338 student bedroom and a new home for the University of Brighton’s business school. Plans also include a 50,000sq ft Central Research Laboratory designed by Studio Egret West for start-up and SME businesses funded by Coast to Capital LEP.

The project has a working title of Momentum: Lewes Road, and has been designed by Studio Egret West, HASSELL, TP Bennett and Stride Treglown.

A new pedestrian bridge across Lewes Road is proposed as well as new squares and crossings designed to improve pedestrian access while new cycle docks and more than 1,000 cycle parking spaces are included. The masterplan includes the university’s Mithras car park and Watts car park as well as Preston Barracks.

Professor Debra Humphris, University of Brighton vice-chancellor, said: “This partnership is aiming to deliver one of the most ambitious and transformational projects for the city in a neighbourhood where meaningful regeneration is long overdue.”