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For Brighton & Hove, with its burgeoning creative industries, a single hub building to provide flexible and affordable start up and move-on space for the creative and digital sector could be very beneficial. A small consortium of partners including the University of Sussex, Wired Sussex and the council have developed a partnership vision around such a proposition for New England House and have been exploring its viability both financially and practically.
New England House occupies a pivotal position in terms of the wider regeneration of the surrounding area and is closely related to a number of key sites, such as Block J of the New England Quarter, which will need to be brought forward in a coherent way.
Although some of the floorspace is currently unlet due to its condition and size, the building has proved popular with businesses within the digital media and creative industries sector. This is due to the competitive rates, flexible terms and the location close to North Laine and the train station.
To establish whether New England House could perform the role of a hub effectively, the council needed to properly assess all of the options, including preparing and testing a business case. DCA Consultants looked at a business case to test if it was a viable proposition for a creative/digital media ‘enterprise hub’ to operate out of the existing building.
This business case was reported to the council’s Cabinet in October 2010 and they agreed to pursue an option for the refurbishment of the building with shared network, Research & Design and innovation space, with the building continuing to provide affordable and flexible managed space. The condition survey and costs information have been updated.Next Steps
The next step is to consider how we can realise the proposed scheme, including looking at the potential structure of the partnership.
The executive summary and full report can be read below.
- New England House Business Case: Executive Summary [PDF 121KB]
- New England House Business Case: Full Report [PDF 2.08MB]
If you have any queries please contact:
Major Projects & Regeneration
Tel: (01273) 29-3451