A vision for Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens is the name given to the green spaces that run from St Peter’s Church to the Palace Pier. Our project area focuses on the green spaces and the surrounding roads and footways.

The northern section of Valley Gardens is referred to as Phase 1 (St Peter’s) and Phase 2 (Victoria Gardens). Phase 3 refers to the area from the Old Steine to the Palace Pier roundabout, which forms the southern half of Valley Gardens.

Creating new public spaces and improving travel

The scheme's focus on travel and transport will:

  • improve road safety, air quality, and flood risk management
  • improve access to public transport services and ease of movement throughout the area
  • improve access to the seafront
  • enhance and improve the area’s public spaces
  • provide safer walking and cycling links throughout the area
  • provide up-to-date traffic signals equipment and renew existing, poor condition, highway infrastructure

CGI images of Valley Gardens

What's happening now

Phases 1 and 2: St Peter’s Church to Edward Street

We awarded the contract for Phases 1 and 2 of the project to Dyer and Butler Ltd. Works started on 3 September 2018 and are expected to last around two years.

Phase 3: Old Steine to the Palace Pier

The core objectives for Phase 3 were approved by the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee in June 2018. Design options for the area were then developed and a single, preferred design option was presented to the committee on 9 October 2018. Committee members gave approval for council officers to undertake further development work on the design and hold a public consultation.

A public consultation took place from 15 October to 25 November 2018, the results of which will be reported to ETS committee in January 2019.

Funding for the project

Phases 1 and 2: St Peter’s Church to Edward Street

The total funding available for phases 1 and 2 is £10.126 million. The government has made £8m available to deliver these phases of the Valley Gardens scheme, through the Local Enterprise Partnership. The remaining funding is proposed from local developer contributions and through the Local Transport Plan.

Phase 3: Old Steine to the Palace Pier

The majority (£6m) of the cost would be funded by a central government pot of money called the Local Growth Fund. We need to successfully bid for this funding through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, specifically for a transport project. The remainder of the funding (£1.25m) would come from the council’s Local Transport Plan budget and local contributions. A business case for the project was approved by ETS committee on 27 November 2018.

View frequently asked questions about phase 3

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Contact us

To contact us about the Valley Gardens project, please email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk