Overseeing the delivery of a coordinated programme of regeneration and infrastructure projects that support the creation of a network of high-value growth centres in key locations across the City Region.
The Board has been enormously successful in obtaining Government funding – through both the Greater Brighton City Deal and the Coast to Capital Growth Deal – for projects within the Investment Programme. A total of approximately £90m was allocated to projects across the City Region.
These projects will deliver a total investment of approximately £376m into the City Region, unlocking an estimated 14,000 jobs, 8,200 homes and 450,000sqm of employment floorspace. An overview of these projects is below – if you would like any specific information about any of them, please feel free to contact us.
In addition to the projects set out below, the Greater Brighton Economic Board also makes strategic bids for funds to support a pipeline of key projects throughout the City Region. As these come forward, information will be included on this page.
New England House Creative Tech Growth Centre
New England House is already one of the major hubs for Brighton’s thriving Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) businesses and the building accommodates 96 businesses primarily from this sector.
City Deal and Local Growth Fund funding is enabling the development of New England House into an improved and expanded facility for nurturing small creative-tech businesses and fusing together people with creative and digital skills, work which will put Brighton firmly on the map as Tech City South.
There are three critical elements that, delivered together, form the overall strategy to significantly improve the value of New England House to the local and regional economy
Workspace: upgrading and expanding the building, which will more than double the number of people employed at the site.
High speed and high capacity connectivity: The Digital Exchange Brighton at New England House launched in July 2015 and is now successfully operating as a business, run by the Brighton Digital Cooperative, providing ultrafast broadband to small businesses at affordable prices.
Business Support: specifically designed for small, innovative businesses in the CDIT sector. This is delivered in two ways. Firstly, through FuseBox241 , a radical programme of start-up business support that is hosted by Wired Sussex at the FuseBox in Brighton and secondly through the Digital Catapult Centre which celebrated its first anniversary in March 2016.
Advanced Engineering Centre
The central objective of the Centre is to advance the design and development of novel low carbon internal combustion systems, with the wider objective of advancing technological knowledge and supporting the advanced training needs of the next generation of engineers for the City Region.
The planning application for the Advanced Engineering Centre was approved in September 2015. A contractor was appointed and ground works completed. Construction is due to begin imminently and the project remains on-track for the Centre to open in early 2017.
Central Research Lab - Preston Barracks
The Preston Barracks Central Research Laboratory’s goal is to help bolster Brighton’s position as one of the best places to work as an entrepreneur and an inventor.
The Central Research Laboratory is a key component of the wider redevelopment of Preston Barracks, which was identified as a Growth Centre in the Greater Brighton City Deal Agreement. This scheme will create 350 new homes, employment floor space and a new academic building and student accommodation for the University of Brighton.
In order to achieve this vision, the Central Research Laboratory will have four key components:
- High quality, flexible, collaborative workspace
- Design, prototyping and experimentation facilities
- Business Support & investment
In the 2015/169 year, the former Territorial Army building at Preston Barracks was improved and brought back to life as the temporary Central Research Laboratory pilot project, in which seven innovative start-ups have taken up residency. Master-planning for the entire 4 hectare site was progressed and public consultation on the proposed scheme commenced in April 2016.
Newhaven Flood Alleviation Scheme and Clean, Gree, Marine Tech Growth Centre
The creation of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone was confirmed as part of the 2015 Spending Review. Starting in April 2017, eight key strategic sites will benefit from the designation, unlocking these for high-value development, new investment and supporting the expansion of existing businesses. The Enterprise Zone will create and sustain at least 2,000 new full time jobs and deliver up to 55,000spm of employment floorspace.
The Newhaven Growth Quarter on Denton Island officially launched on 21 April 2016. Over 12 years, it is hoped that more than 400 businesses will be supported and at least 330 jobs will be created (directly and indirectly), as well as support for business start-ups and for trainees and apprentices. So far, 46 jobs and 3 apprenticeships have been created and 15 businesses have been supported.
In 2015/16, the business case for the Newhaven Flood Alleviation scheme was approved by the Environment Agency board, confirming the match funding for the final stage of work which will provide at least a 1-in-100-year standard of protection, taking into account the effects of climate change. This will mean that in any one year, there will be a less than 1% chance that Newhaven will experience flooding from the sea or River Ouse. The Scheme will also protect local infrastructure such as the road network, railway tracks and train station and support the wider regeneration of Newhaven, helping to bring new investment, jobs and homes to the area.
Shoreham Flood Alleviation Scheme and Environmental Tech Growth Centre
The flood alleviation scheme on the banks of the River Adur (known as the Adur Tidal Walls project) promotes a consistent Standard of Protection of 1 in 300 (0.33%), taking into account 50 years of predicted sea level rise.
The scheme will:
- Enable the strategic employment allocation at Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport to come forward for development – delivering the planned Environmental Technologies Centre.
- Protect over 2,300 households and 150 commercial properties that are currently at significant risk of flooding from overtopping or failure of the existing tidal river defences
- Protect an additional 2,100 households and 280 commercial properties that would otherwise be at risk due to sea level rise by 2110.
The planning application for the Adur Tidal Walls Flood Defence Scheme in Shoreham was approved in March 2016. A preferred contractor was selected and construction began in Summer 2016.
The Adur Tidal Walls team post regular updates through their dedicated website: http://www.shorehamadurtidalwalls.co.uk/
Circus Street Innovation Hub
This mixed use regeneration project will drive social, cultural and economic change for the Tarner and Valley Gardens areas of Brighton & Hove, some of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods. The site, approximately a hectare in area, houses the former Municipal Market building, a university building and a car park. Despite it being in a sought after location, close to the city centre, the seafront and major transport interchanges, the site is grossly under-utilised and has lain largely vacant for nearly 12 years.
The planned regeneration will provide:
- A 3,000sqm office building
- New start up units, workshops and restaurants
- A library and academic building for the University of Brighton
- 450 student accommodation bed spaces
- 142 new homes
- The Dance Space. This will be the city’s only dedicated public dance space and will provide production space, a theatre and public space for community learning and participation and a new head quarters for South East Dance, who have successfully gained over £300,000 in funding towards The Dance Space from Arts Council England
- New public realm to include a public square and landscaped courtyards
The mix of residential, business, education and cultural occupiers on the site will bring a wide variety of people into the area, benefiting existing local businesses.
Economic impact studies indicate that the development will create approximately 232 predominately local jobs. It will generate £1m in council tax, new business rates contributions and new homes bonuses.
It will encourage student and new resident population spending in and around the site and boost the local economy bymore than £10m each year due to the multipier effect.
City College Construction & Trades Centre
By 2022, Brighton City College anticipates: growth in 16-18 full time learners of 128; growth in 16-18 apprenticeships of 179; growth in adult apprenticeships of 664, and; a 25% growth in higher education, international and full cost training. Since the plan was drafted, Government has also increased the target number of apprenticeships to be achieved by 2020, increasing local demand further.
A key element in the delivery of the College’s future plan is the provision of a new Construction Trades Centre at the City
College East Campus at Wilson Avenue. The demand for learning and training programmes to equip learners to work within
the construction sector and allied trades is growing and the requirement for the Construction Trades Centre is increasing.
Construction trades are currently taught across three separate campuses and generally delivered in outdated accommodation that is not ideal for the delivery of a modern Construction Trades curriculum. The new Construction Trades Centre will replace existing accommodation at the City College East Campus with a modern, purpose built facility that will allow the construction trades curriculum to be brought together and delivered on a single site. The design of the workshop and facilities will be bespoke to the particular requirements of the various trades and the curriculum will allow learners to follow each other through the construction process, mirroring true site conditions.
Demolition and enabling works for City College Brighton and Hove’s new Construction Trades Centre were completed in February 2016 and construction commenced. The works are expected to finish in April 2017, with the Centre being fully operational for the 2017/18 academic year.
Brighton & Hove Bike Share Scheme
Public bike share is part of a wider strategy to enhance public transport infrastructure, walking and cycling across Brighton and Hove to improve connectivity between existing employers and developments, the city centre and more local/district centres (the map to the left shows the area covered by the 430 proposed bikes and 50 docking stations).
The scheme will be linked to, and promoted alongside, Brighton & Hove’s eco-tourism initiatives and could be expanded to cover parts of the City Region and provide cycle access to the South Downs National Park.
The benefits of the scheme include:
- The provision of affordable access to employment and study
- Reduced road congestion, traffic accidents, parking demands and carbon
- Improved health and wellbeing, increasing productivity
- Help to bolster tourism economy. By providing easier and quicker access to/from railway stations, tourists will be encouraged to visit more places and attractions, such as the Brighton Marina.
The total cost of the scheme is £1.45m, with a Local Growth Fund contribution of £1.16m. The scheme is expected to launch in 2017 and will benefit the local workforce through direct employment (generating approximately 6 jobs), training, creation of apprenticeships and skills development.
Brighton & Hove Intelligent Transport Systems
Managing movement on the transport network is focused on changing travel behaviour and informing people’s travel choices in dynamic ways, to increase efficiency and sustainability. This can be achieved in a number of ways, traffic and parking management, the promotion of sustainable forms of transport and through the use of technology to improve access to information to inform decision-making before and during a journey.
High traffic flows on several strategic roads into Brighton and Hove (see the map on the left) means that they are operating above their design capacity during peak times, resulting in congestion and unreliable journey times. This congestion means that there is limited resilience in the network to cope with incidents relating to accidents, adverse weather, road works or deployment of any strategic/emergency diversion routes.
The Intelligent Transport Systems Package is focused on the implementation of enhanced technology along the three main principal road corridors that serve the City and its hinterland, namely the A23, A259 and A270.
It is based on ‘strategic corridor approaches’ to strengthen the resilience of routes that lead to/from, or are within the vicinity of, the priority development. These are the Seafront, Valley Gardens, the New England Quarter, the Lewes Road Corridor and the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Project.
The Intelligent Transport Systems Package will enable a more effective and efficient operation of the highway network by improving traffic flows, reducing delays and congestions and improving junction and corridor performance by using ‘real time’ travel information. This will not only benefit the city’s 273,000 residents and 11 million plus visitors per year, but it will also support the economic growth of the City Region through improved network performance.
The total cost of the Intelligent Transport Systems Package is £2.152m, of which £1.83m will be funded by a Local Growth Fund contribution.
Brighton Valley Gardens
An area of approximately 1.4km in length, Valley Gardens incorporates a series of green spaces running through the heart of
the city centre between the Level and the seafront. The area is intersected by the main transport routes into and across the City. Valley Gardens is currently dominated by an overly complex transport layout. This creates a perceived and physical barrier that segregates the city. Despite having huge potential as a city amenity space and playing an important role in connecting various city destinations, there’s not a lot to attract residents and movement through the area can be difficult whether you are travelling by vehicle or on foot. The Valley Gardens project aims to bring the area ‘back to life’ as the
social, cultural, economic and environmental centre of the city.
The project is divided into phases. Phases 1 and 2 are focused on the geographical area between Saint Peter’s Church and the Royal Pavilion, while Phase 3 extends from Edward Street to the A259 Aquarium Roundabout. It isanticipated that Phases 1 and 2 will be completedby 2018. The project has received a Local Growth Fund contribution of £8m.
A2300 Corridor Improvements (Burgess Hill)
West Sussex County Council and Mid Sussex District Council continue to work together to develop the business case for the Burgess Hill A2300 Corridor Improvements Scheme. The Scheme will support the economic growth of Burgess Hill – the single largest growth location within the City Region – by enabling the delivery of strategic housing and employment developments and improving the town’s link to the strategic road network.
The total cost of the A2300 improvements is £23.2 million. The Coast to Capital has secured one of the largest Local Growth Fund contributions, of £17m, towards the A2300 improvements. Other contributions will be made by developers (£5.58 million) and local authorities (£0.66 million).
In total, the Burgess Hill developments will draw in developer investment of around £570 million in development costs and related infrastructure provision.
Completion of the A2300 improvements is anticipated by 2021.
Worthing Sustainable Transport Package
Phase 1 of the Worthing Sustainable Transport Package started on site in Montague Place, Worthing, in January 2016 and completed in August 2016. It is part of the Worthing Sustainable Transport Package which will deliver a range of transport and urban realm schemes in the town.
The driving force behind the works is to improve the town’s competitiveness and thereby encourage higher-end shops into the area. The rate of vacant properties is expected to reduce by as much as 21%, creating new businesses and jobs and improving the overall vibrancy of the town centre. The Worthing Connectivity Public Realm Scheme is split into six phases, the first of
which is located at Montague Place. The cost of Phase 1 is estimated to be £1.2m, with an £800,000 Local Growth Fund contribution.
Sussex Innovation Centre - Brighton & Hove
Construction of the new Sussex Innovation Centre Brighton on Block J (which received a Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership investment of £3.8m) at Brighton Station began in 2016. The new development will form part of a network, including a Centre in Croydon that opened in October 2015 and the planned Bio-Innovation Centre on the University of Sussex’s Falmer campus.
Once completed, the Block J development at Brighton Station will be an exciting extension of the Sussex Innovation Centre’s internationally recognised technology incubation facilities and will make access to the specialist support even easier within the city. Block J also provides a new base for the University of Sussex in the heart of the city.
The new Innovation Centre at the Brighton Station site, which is being developed alongside a new Indigo hotel, will provide
20,000 square feet of new high quality office accommodation for high growth potential businesses over 6 floors, together with a new cafe opening onto New England Square, collaborative workspace, hot-desking and meeting space.