Showcasing good practice in design quality management within the planning system

In July, Design South East led a study tour for officers, developers, planning consultants and architects to the completed Preston Barracks and Mithras House development that has transformed the Moulsecoomb campus of the University of Brighton. The aim of the project was to create a new gateway into the city and regenerate the local area for the benefit of all those who live, work and learn here.

Presentations by a number of those involved in the project showcased the effective collaboration between stakeholders that has led to the delivery of a successful place. As part of our ongoing delivery of design review services on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council, we reviewed the proposals at different stages of the design and development process, with the design team incorporating the panel’s recommendations into their proposals.

The development includes five student accommodation buildings providing 800 rooms at affordable rates; an academic building with flexible modern learning and social spaces; new students’ union and fitness facilities; a multi-storey car and cycle park; a co-working building; and a landmark pedestrian bridge bringing the two sides of the campus together. Residential accommodation is part of the wider regeneration of the area, which was developed by U+I. With high levels of public realm provision across all sites and improvements to connectivity, the two sides of Lewes Road are brought together to form a unified place.

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