Circus Street municipal market site


In September 2014 councillors approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton to deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.

The former municipal fruit and veg market will become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’. Expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200 million into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.

The development includes 

  • 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable
  • New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library. Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation
  • Alongside this will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year

Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies. A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.

Planning committee on 17 September 2014 agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by U+I (formerly Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, Development Securities PLC), the University of Brighton and the council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.

Planning permission also includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level around a new public square. U+I are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing - producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.   

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If you have any queries please contact:

Major Projects & Regeneration
Tel: (01273) 293451