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 roundabout. Our project area focuses on the green spaces and the surrounding roads and footways.

  • 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

Work is underway on phases 1 & 2 of the project and there are ten sub-phases which relate to the specific programme of work being carried out by the contractor.

Old Steine to Palace Pier consultation - Valley Gardens Phase 3

The consultation on our proposals for the Old Steine to Palace Pier area has now closed. It was open from 15 October to 25 November 2018. We are reviewing the comments received and these will be used to inform further development of the proposed design.

Creating new public spaces and improving travel

The scheme will provide a more attractive and enjoyable public space. There will be two new public squares, events space and 2900 square metres net gain of open space land.

The scheme's focus on travel and transport will:

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

What's happening now

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

We have 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 roundabout

The core objectives for Phase 3 were approved by the Environment, Transport and Sustainability 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. The consultation will take place from 15 October to 25 November 2018

Timeline of the project

2006 Scheme was initially identified in the local transport plan 2.
2013 The concept design was developed and approved at committee.
2014 The business case was approved at committee.
2015 £8 million grant was awarded from the Coast to Capital local economic partnership. Committee approved the commencement of the design work.
2016 Committee approved the developed highway design.
2017 Planning permission was granted for the greenspace design.
Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee approved the detailed highway and greenspace design and supported the outlined Traffic Regulation Order principles and approach.
2018 Dyer and Butler were selected as the preferred bidder after a tender process which ran from March until June 2018

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 £8 million 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 roundabout

Council officers are currently developing a business case for funding of phase 3 of the project.

Find out more

Contact us

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