Contractors working to create the new 'Hanningtons Lane' in central Brighton gave shoppers a glimpse of the city's history last week.
The workers on site have been removing the former Timpsons store on North Street brick-by-brick to create the new Hanningtons Lane, and the work has revealed the 17th century Pugets Cottage - hidden behind the shop for 140 years.
Westridge Construction, hired by developer Redevco, is working on the 1.3 acre site, which includes the former Hanningtons department store or ‘Harrods of Brighton'.
As well as a new Lane, the masterplan for Hanningtons Estate also includes the creation of a new entrance to the Lanes from North Street and the redevelopment of existing buildings to provide new spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes.
Andrew Foulds, portfolio director at Redevco, said: “Our Masterplan approach should provide a catalyst for the whole area. The new Lane will provide contemporary spaces that retailers can’t find elsewhere, which will draw new names in and create a destination that helps support existing businesses.
"We have demolished a building at the rear of the site and reconfigured some existing space, but the demolition of Timpsons is an exciting milestone in the development programme.”
Redevco’s leasing agents KLM Retail and GCW are in discussions with target retailers and the project is on track for completion in mid-2018.
Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “Hanningtons was for generations at the heart of Brighton’s shopping experience next to The Lanes. I’m delighted that Redevco is investing substantial sums in the city to return the area to its former glory, revealing the historic Pugets Cottage and opening up a new Lane which will add to our unique offer to visitors and residents alike. It is regeneration that respects our heritage and along with the coming of John Lewis it is more good news for North Street and for Brighton and Hove.”
For more information on the project, visit: www.hanningtonsestate.com.