Circus Street Municipal Market site


Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton to deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.

Planning committee on 17 September agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by U+I (formerly Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd and Development Securities PLC), the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.

The former municipal fruit and veg market would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’ which is expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.

Permission includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.

New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library. Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation.

Alongside this will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year.

Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies. A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.

Planning permission also includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level around a new public square. U+I are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing - producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.   

For more information please go to the following: regeneration of the site.

If you have any queries please contact:

Major Projects & Regeneration
Tel: (01273) 293451