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.

View frequently asked questions about Phase 3 of the project.

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

Valley Gardens Road Resurfacing works continue as planned  over the coming weeks to deliver the final scheme road surface.

This work is carried out at night where traffic flows  and pedestrian movements are reduced thus the night work will reduce the impact on the road network and will facilitate safe working zones for heavy machinery required to carry out the works.

The planning and delivery of the Traffic Management including road closures and localised diversion routes is complex and planned in advance. The plans attached are subject to change to respond to ever changing demands on the network and in consultation with other transport operators, emergency services, network management officers, and of course the weather!

You can download the full details of the Valley Gardens road resurfacing night closure and diversions (PDF 160KB) for more information.

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.

Read our newsletters about the work

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 were reported to ETS committee in January 2019. Approval of the Final Preliminary Design of Phase 3 was given by the council’s ETS Committee in February 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 estimated cost of Phase 3 is £7.84 million. The majority (£6m) of the cost will be funded by a central government pot of money called the Local Growth Fund. We successfully bid for this funding through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), specifically for a transport project. In October 2019, the LEP approved local growth funding of £6 million.

The LEP requires us to contribute funding for the project of at least 15% of the project cost. This means that we will contribute £1.84 million from our Local Transport Plan budget, local contributions and potentially private sector development contributions. 

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Contact us

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