A new future for Black Rock

Reconnecting Black Rock

The vacant Black Rock site is at the far eastern end of Brighton seafront, close to Brighton Marina. It has been run-down and underused for over 40 years. 

The long-term plan is to develop and regenerate the area between Duke’s Mound and Brighton Marina.

The area is difficult to get to by public transport, but it’s been popular with event organisers because of its size and seafront location.

We want to help improve the area and increase its use. We plan to make it more attractive to temporary event organisers. We also want to improve the lighting and overall public space to make it a more accessible and attractive place to visit.

Regenerating the Black Rock site is important for the wider regeneration of the eastern seafront and it will support the future restoration of Madeira Terrace and Madeira Drive.

What is happening now

We aim to submit a planning application in February 2020 to help future development proposals.

The main works included in the planning application:

Phase 1

  • remove and relocate underground obstructions, like the remains of the old Black Rock lido
  • rebuild and extend the sea wall to improve sea defences and create a walkway connection to the Marina
  • restore the Grade 2 listed reading rooms and Temple
  • create a play area and temporary outdoor sports facilities
  • create a short section (approximately 20m) of infrastructure “tunnel” beneath the existing lower marina ramp to create an access point for future public transport links
  • install crossing points and improve access between the A259 seafront road and Madeira Drive at Duke’s Mound
  • improve public space for events
  • new planting and landscaping, which includes work to relocate and expand the shingle wildlife area to somewhere more protected
  • explore the opportunity to improve the pedestrian link to the Kemptown Slopes from the A259

Phase 2

  • install a beach walkway from Volks Station: Duke’s Mound to Volks Station: Black Rock to link with the new pedestrian walkway into Brighton Marina
  • improve signage, ecological interpretation and create areas of greater biodiversity

The work will be undertaken in advance of the wider waterfront project.

How you can get involved

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Drop-in sessions

Come along to one of our drop-in sessions, see the proposals and find out more about this exciting project.

Wednesday 27 November

  • St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED
  • 2pm to 7.30pm

Thursday 28 November

  • Master Mariner, 24 Marina Square, Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA
  • 2pm to 7.30pm

If you have any questions or would like more information:

Waterfront project

The Waterfront project is a multi-million pound scheme to redevelop the Brighton Centre site, extend the Churchill Square shopping centre and provide a new replacement conference centre and entertainment venue in the city.

A new Brighton Centre will ensure we can continue to compete with the bigger venues for large conferences and major act tours to support our local economy.

Plans for the Waterfront are currently at an early stage. It is a long-term and large-scale project that we’re working on with Aberdeen Standard Investments.

The Brighton Centre will continue to remain open for the foreseeable future. You can contact the Brighton Centre team to find out about holding conferences and events on the Brighton Centre website.

An update on the Waterfront project and the Black Rock regeneration scheme will be discussed at the Policy & Resources Committee on 5 December.

Improving the seafront

Find out about other ongoing projects and plans to improve on the seafront.