Black Rock proposal

The Black Rock site on Madeira Drive occupies a prominent location on Brighton & Hove’s seafront. The site is approximately 6,700 square metres in size.

On 12 July 2012 the council's Policy & Resources Committee resolved to seek a new development partner for the Black Rock site. The Brighton International Arena development, which had been given consent to proceed in 2007, was viewed by councillors as no longer viable, see The Policy & Resources Committee Black Rock report (PDF 357KB).

The Development Agreement with Brighton Arena Limited expired on 31 July 2012. 

Brighton & Hove Waterfront development proposal

The council is considering a proposal to deliver a major new multi-use venue on the Blackrock site, alongside new homes, better transport and a major expansion of the city’s shopping offer through an extension of the Churchill Square shopping centre. Find out more about the Brighton & Hove Waterfront development proposal.

Temporary sand sculpture theme park

The sand sculptures theme park opened on 8 April 2013 and will remain in operation until Summer 2015.

Organisers have run a similar attraction on Weston-Super-Mare seafront since 2006 and this would be their second venue. They predict around 100,000 visitors annually could be expected at the Brighton version.

Council officers say the park would work well with existing business at the eastern end of the seafront and provide a boost to the Volks Railway which could easily serve the new attraction. A previous sand sculpture festival in 2005 and 2006 gave the railway a substantial boost in business.

For more information view the Black Rock press release.

Permanent use of the site

The permanent plan for the Black Rock site remains unchanged. The site will continue to have a predominantly leisure use in the future and the site may include dry and/or wet sports, a special event space or other leisure based buildings such as an ice-rink.

Complimentary facilities such as hotel accommodation, housing (private and affordable) and/or commercial space such as retail/restaurant use is also regarded as potentially suitable - subject to a range of other deciding factors, such as financial viability, design and deliverability.

A revised Development Brief for the site will be produced in consultation with the Black Rock Project Board and it is estimated that marketing of the site will take place in summer 2013, subject to agreement on the Development Brief in spring 2013.

Download the previous Development Management Site Schedule January 2012 [PDF 244kb].

Please note that circumstances have changed since this schedule was produced in January 2012.

The Development Agreement with Brighton Arena Limited expired on 31 July 2012. Following ongoing funding difficulties a final set of proposals was presented to the council in May 2012.  These included the loss of the 10,000 seat arena and a radical re-design of the site. The changes were felt to be too much of a departure from the original scheme for the council to support it. The cross-party Black Rock Project Board recommended to committee that the site be re-marketed for a future leisure based use.

For further information please contact the Major Projects Team at mpt@brighton-hove.gov.uk