One Public Estate

Greater Brighton is one of the OPE partnership areas having joined the Programme in 2016. Our partnership brings together a combined estate of over 3,500 land & property assets, valued at £3.5bn, and is working openly and collaboratively to identify and explore all OPE opportunities.

Our partnership currently manages 10 OPE funded projects across the city region plus 3 Land Release Fund schemes delivering 84 new council homes.

A fundamental part of our programme is partnership & stakeholder engagement across the public sector, ensuring buy-in to give the individual projects the greatest chance of success and finding new & innovative ways to make the best use of the region’s public estate.

Whilst still in its infancy, the benefits of the OPE Programme in terms of unlocking blocked development sites and facilitating closer partnership working between public sector partners and stakeholders are already being seen.

Governance Arrangements

These were agreed by the Greater Brighton Economic Board (GBEB), acting as a regional leader of place for public land and property assets. The GBEB has oversight of our OPE programme.

The Greater Brighton Strategic Property Board (GBSPB) was created to provide direction and accountability for the Programme and meets 4 times a year, chaired by the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council.

Supporting delivery at operational level is the Greater Brighton Public Sector Property Group comprising property representatives from across the regional public sector including our neighbouring East & West Sussex County Council OPE partnerships. This group meets quarterly and reports into the GBSPB.

Over the next 10 years our current OPE projects are expected to deliver:

  • £58m in capital receipts
  • £7.2m in reduced running costs
  • £280m of inward investment
  • 5,042 new jobs
  • 29,000 of employment space

The following sites across the Greater Brighton City Region have been identified and are being driven forward:

Pioneering Greater Brighton projects given government boost

Two pioneering projects which could improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free-up land for the wider regeneration of key areas have received government backing. The Greater Brighton One Public Estate programme has been given an additional £125,000 of...

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Springman House, Lewes
This mid to late 20th Century office building holds the key to a £150 million redevelopment of Lewes town centre.

The former NHS administration building sits just outside the planned North Street Quarter (NSQ) redevelopment.

The Greater Brighton Economic board is working with Lewes District Council to turn the plot into a new home for Lewes Fire Station, operated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

Part of the area will also be used by South East Coast Ambulance Service. By bringing key blue-light services into a single location, the regeneration of NSQ will be unlocked.

The existing fire station is part of a wider NSQ site. With the emergency services relocated, a major obstacle to the redevelopment is removed.

Once complete, NSQ will deliver new homes, employment floorspace, subsidised workspace for the creative industries, a new healthcare centre, and an underground car park.

The plans will also see the completion of the flood defences for Lewes and a range of public realm improvements, including a public square, a two tier riverside promenade and extensive new cycle paths and footpaths.

Worthing Civic Centre
The Worthing Civic Centre, to the rear of Worthing Town Hall, is currently used as a council car parking.

But under plans led by Worthing Borough Council, the proposal is to turn the land into a new Civic Healthcare Hub in the town centre.

The new centre would allow four existing doctors surgeries to move to a more central location and enable greater cooperation between Adur and Worthing’s Wellbeing teams.

The proposals would see a new integrated primary and community care hub built at the site, aiming to transform the delivery of non-acute healthcare in the town.

So far £90,000 has been allocated to the project and plans are currently being developed in further detail.

Brighton General Hospital
Located in Elm Grove, at the top of Race Hill overlooking the city, Brighton General Hospital, the imposing building was formerly a workhouse.

The site has the potential to be redeveloped to include a new health and care campus, new housing and a range of community uses.

Dyke Road Barracks, Brighton
The Army Barracks in Dyke Road, on the border of Brighton and Hove, is thought to have been built during World War Two.

It was used for a long time for the TA and is still used as a centre for reserve Army training for a number of units.

A potential redevelopment of the site could deliver a smaller territorial army barracks alongside mixed use development. This is all pending on approval from the Ministry of Defence.

Moulsecoomb Neighbourhood Hub, Brighton
Located to the north-east of the centre of Brighton, Moulsecoomb is an estate developed throughout the 20th century to accommodate a growing population. Recent years has seen the development of both the University of Sussex and University of Brighton, as well as the American Express Community Stadium.

As part of wider work to create a neighbourhood in the area, public land could be freed up with the consolidation of various local authority and NHS  services. This could release some sites for affordable housing and student accommodation.

Preston Barracks, Brighton
This £150 million scheme on the Lewes Road is part of a wider regeneration project aimed at transforming a part of Brighton, off Lewes Road.

The wider proposals will deliver new employment space, new university academic buildings, student accommodation with 1,300 bedrooms, 350 quality new homes and 25,000 square feet of retail space.

The One Public Estate Programme could help the development of a primary and community healthcare hub, allowing for the release and disposal of existing publicly-owned assets.

Preston Circus Fire Station
The current building has been standing on the Preston circus junction, just north of Brighton city centre, since 1938.

The One Public Estate programme is considering options to optimise the layout of the current fire station to meet its operational uses while identifying alternative uses for the remaining areas.

Hove Station Quarter
The land is in multiple-ownership and includes Industrial House and the Network Rail-owned car park.

Brighton & Hove City Council, which owns some of the land, want to create a vibrant, mixed-use high density redevelopment including a minimum of 12,000sqm of office space and 200 residential units.

This project involves the council working with all landowners and local community groups to develop a masterplan for the redevelopment.

North Street Quarter Health Hub, Lewes
Bringing together health providers in Lewes, as well as pharmacy, dental practice, extra care housing, community space, nursery and office space, on one site.

Many of the services that will relocate currently operate out of premises that are no longer fit for clinical purposes with insufficient capacity to respond to rising healthcare demands.

This will release more than 500sqm of town centre premises for housing or commercial use.

Pioneering Greater Brighton projects given government boost

Two pioneering projects which could improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free-up land for the wider regeneration of key areas have received government backing. The Greater Brighton One Public Estate programme has been given an additional £125,000 of...

read more