Plans for new academic quarter

A new partnership between the University of Brighton and the city council could lead to the creation of a new academic neighbourhood centred on Preston Barracks and adjacent university sites – currently the Watts/Cockcroft buildings and Mithras House – along the Lewes Road.

The integrated approach to the sites has been welcomed by the Regency Society in our response to a draft planning brief.

We emphasised the importance of ensuring that any redevelopment was on a human scale and aimed at creating a cohesive neighbourhood, rather than an iconic statement, highlighted the needs of pedestrians and asked for greenways linking to other green spaces further along the Lewes Road.

We also questioned whether the site could support the density of development that was proposed and queried the merits of combining family housing with high-density student accommodation.

You can find out more about the history of Preston Barracks here.

You can read the draft planning brief here.

You can read our full response to the council here.

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From top: the proposed redevelopment site; Preston Barracks in
1850; the barracks today

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