THEME: Regeneration

AREA: Brighton

Reconnecting the Eastern Seafront

Delivery Body: Brighton & Hove City Council

Theme: Regeneration

Coast to Capital LGF Allocation: £12.11m

Match Funding Contribution: £117.8m

Project Status: Delivering


Summary of Project

The Blackrock site in the east of Brighton has remained derelict and unused for 30 years. As a progressive and growing city, Brighton would benefit greatly from the regeneration of this area. Brighton and Hove had ambitions as part of their wider 'Waterfront project' to re-locate the existing Brighton Conference Centre to the Black Rock site as a 'world class conference and entertainment venue', which would open up the space for retail and leisure expansions subject to demand.


Coast to Capital awarded Local Growth Funding to bring forward exciting new proposals for Black Rock, and enable preparations of the sites infrastructure for long-term future use. This will provide public realm and ecological improvements for the more immediate benefit of residents and visitors to include better connectivity, a new activity hub, coastal protection, landscaping, a new beach boardwalk, and highways improvements, all of which will contribute to future proofing the city's economy.


By preparing the Black Rock site for development, it will also provide a temporary 'meanwhile use' as a large seafront events space whilst final plans are agreed for the location of a new conference centre which will bring forward Jobs, Commercial space, in addition, to the creation of a vital new access link to Brighton Marina which will make this area of Brighton a much more attractive place to visit.


Key Outputs

  • 1,832 new jobs
  • 518 safeguarded jobs
  • 27,800sqm commercial floor space
  • 53,383sqm refurbished floor space
  • 27,800sqm area of site re-developed/assembled


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