Scheme Overview

Preston Barracks is being transformed. It is one of three sites being regenerated in a partnership between U+I Group Plc, the University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council. The ambition of the regeneration masterplan is to create a thriving addition to the Lewes Road which will contribute to employment, enterprise and entrepreneurialism; a place that people want to live, learn, work and be proud to be a part of.

CGI of the new student and residential buildings, bridge crossing and new street.

The three sites on Lewes Road are Preston Barracks, and the Watt’s car park and Mithras car park on the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus. This exciting mixed-use project will provide:

  • 369 new homes - more info here

  • 1,338 purpose built student bedrooms in managed buildings

  • A new medical centre and pharmacy

  • A new Academic building for the University

  • New student union facilities

  • Plus X Brighton: an Entrepreneurial Hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs (completed)

  • New shops, cafes and workshops

  • New sport and recreation facilities for the University and public use, including a gym and 1km running route leading to the South Downs National Park

  • Open areas to provide spaces for people to meet and socialise

  • A new pedestrian bridge across the busy Lewes Road

  • Car parking and improved transport infrastructure to support the development and improve the flow of traffic in a busy road network

Annotated view showing different sites

Adding to the community

The regeneration is providing much needed new homes, an entrepreneurial hub for Brighton start-up businesses, new academic buildings, managed student accommodation, shops, cafes and car parking which have been designed around a new public green space. New routes will be created to provide better connectivity for neighbouring residential streets, such as Saunders Park View to the Lewes Road and Moulsecoomb Railway Station.

This sustainable development will create over 1,000 new jobs locally and contribute over half billion pounds to the city’s economy over the next 10 years.

Demolition works started on site in October 2017 and we are now well underway with the construction of this development.

For more information on the University of Brighton’s redevelopment, please visit The Big Build website.