Open Market Redevelopment

open market artists impression


The Open Market is now Open for Business!

The new Open Market officially reopened for business on Saturday 19 July 2014.

45 new tenants have now moved into their spaces offering fresh, locally sourced food and goods, as well as a variety of arts, crafts, services and garden goods.

The new market is managed by the Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company (CIC), as a social enterprise for the benefit of the local community. The CIC board has representatives from the market traders, the council, The Ethical Property Company and housing association, The Hyde Group ("Hyde") who have developed the site. There are also independent directors.

Open Market Shortlisted for awards

The Brighton Open Market was shortlisted for the best mixed-use development at the Placemaking Awards.  It is also up for best regeneration, best community benefit and best tourism/leisure project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors South East Awards.

Upcoming Events:

On Sunday 24th May The Fairy Tale Fair will take over the whole market concourse with over 40 carefully chosen, high quality, handmade & hand designed local designer and makers. Just before that the market will host the Bookmonger's Book Fair; offering quality books at bargain prices.

The Open Market also launched its first Healthy Living Fair on Sunday 22 February 2015 ; where health professionals were invited to participate and engage with residents about products and services that are beneficial to their wellbeing.

The redevelopment has been achieved through a partnership approach involving the Open Market Traders, Hyde Housing Association, Ethical Property Company and the City Council to deliver:

  • A new covered market with a double height central square for visiting markets, temporary stalls, community activities, street art and entertainment.
  • 45 permanent market stalls around the central square offering a diverse range of goods that promote fresh, healthy food and local producers.
  • 12 small workshops at first floor level, overlooking the central square, for arts and crafts people and producer/retailers.
  • 87 affordable housing units built on both sides of Francis Street, which borders the south side of the Open Market, and on Ditchling Road.
  • Opportunities for new business start ups and new jobs in the market and workshops.
  • Additional benefits by supporting the wider regeneration of the London Road shopping area.

Even if the market is almost fully occupied, CIC are still accepting applications for permanent and temporary stalls in the new market. These can be downloaded from

Project Context

The Open Market is located in Central Brighton between London and Ditchling Roads and is owned by Brighton & Hove City Council.  Barrow traders first used the present site in 1926, with permanent stalls being built in 1938.  The Open Market has seen a slow decline in trade from the 1970s to the present day.

In April 2006, the council's Policy & Resources Committee agreed to support the Open Market Traders Association to produce a detailed feasibility design study with a business case for a proposed new market on the current site.

In December 2008, Cabinet agreed that the Open Market Traders Association and Hyde Housing should continue to work in partnership to advance the proposal to RIBA Stage D for final landowner consent, prior to submitting a planning application.

The redevelopment proposal was given landowner consent in February 2010.  Hyde Housing submitted a planning application in December 2010 and planning permission was granted on 9 March 2011.  This was followed by the signing of the Development Agreement in March 2011 between the City Council, Hyde Housing Association and the Brighton Open Market CIC.

The London Road Central Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document 10 [PDF 2.3MB] (adopted 17 December 2009) identifies the Open Market as a key development opportunity within the masterplan area.


For further information please contact:

Major Projects & Regeneration Team