Circus Street municipal market site

How we're developing the Circus Street municipal market site.

Development plans


Land at Circus Street, (the former municipal fruit and vegetable market and university annex building), is being developed as a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’. In 2021, developers U+I Plc estimated that they expected the project to create 400 jobs and inject £200 million into the city’s economy over 10 years.

Our development partners

The scheme is being delivered as a public-private partnership by U+I and Brighton & Hove City Council. Funders of the scheme include GCP Student Living plc, (the UK’s first Real Estate Investment Trust focussed on student residential accommodation), and Gravis Capital Management Ltd.

The scheme also benefits from an award of £2.7 million from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, via a Growth Deal.

What we're developing

The scheme was granted planning permission in 2014, and comprises of the following elements:

  • 142 new homes, (20 per cent affordable)
  • 450 units of student accommodation
  • A modern office building, including over 3,000 sq m of flexible space, which should help creative and digital businesses to remain and flourish in the city
  • New dance studios and a headquarters for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year
  • New 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.
  • New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton.

Development agreement

Under the development agreement completed between U+I and the council in August 2017, the developer will deliver all elements of the scheme except for the university building. The majority of buildings will be completed in 2019, with the University of Brighton bringing forward plans for their new building at a later date.

Find out more

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