The developers of Edward Street Quarter – the redevelopment of the ex-Amex House site owned by First Base – have pledged to create a ‘vibrant new social hub for the city’.
They have promised to place ‘public space and community’ at the heart of the scheme.
And they hope to attract independent shops, cinemas, bars, restaurants and cafes to the site.
As the biggest office development to come to Brighton in 25 years, Edward Street Quarter has been designed intentionally to enable collaboration and bring people together across the whole neighbourhood, said the developers.
Three distinct new green spaces will encourage play, improve pedestrian connectivity around the area, and provide pleasant places to sit and eat lunch or sip coffee.
A large roof terrace will provide open space for networking events and after-work relaxation – and, of course, beautiful sea views.
“We’re excited to deliver a new destination for the city’s local businesses, residents and community members to meet, socialise and ultimately enjoy what we’ve created,” said Steve Eccles, project director at First Base.
“We are in talks with independent retailers, cinema providers, bars, restaurant and cafes, that align with our plans to deliver a lively and attractive place to live, work, play and visit.”
The new neighbourhood will deliver 110,000 sq ft of commercial space, 39,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units and 168 new apartments.
Shortlisting is also underway for a new large-scale public art installation at the Edward Street Quarter.
Thirty-seven artists submitted their ideas for an exterior façade wall within the mixed-use development coming to the former AMEX-house site in Brighton.
Simon Bannister, project officer at Brighton and Hove City Council, said, “We are very happy to have received so many high quality bids for this tender which represent a wide diversity of artists and approaches, and we appreciate the way that First Base have worked to make this an inclusive process and to involve the local community in decision making.”
First Base and the city council will select a preferred solution for the installation and commission an experienced artist to help deliver their design.