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    The University of Brighton and developers Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd have exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council for the purchase and £150m redevelopment of the former Preston Barracks site in Lewes Road, Brighton.

    Part of the development includes building on both the Mithras House and Watts car parks, so could have an impact on the clubs park and ride in the future.

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      Surely they will still need car parks, probably bigger car parks?

      Have you got any more details? Is it just a University development or will there be private housing? Think expanding the universities still further without more private housing could be disastrous.
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      It will be interesting to see how the Mithras CP will be affected by the Barracks development as it's on the opposite side of the road.
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      Surely they will still need car parks, probably bigger car parks?

      Have you got any more details? Is it just a University development or will there be private housing? Think expanding the universities still further without more private housing could be disastrous.
      The £150million redevelopment of a former barracks has moved a step closer after the site was sold to developers.

      Preston Barracks, in Lewes Road, Brighton, is set to be transformed into a retail, employment and academic centre with 350 new homes.

      There will also feature a business centre supporting cutting-edge firms along with student accommodation for 1,300.

      The project, which has been years in the making, has moved a step closer this week after Brighton and Hove City Council exchanged contracts with the University of Brighton and developers Cathedral Group.

      It comes after the Government’s announcement on July 7 that it intends injecting £7.7m into the development as part of a £17.4m investment in University of Brighton research and buildings.

      Development bosses say the agreement now means they can work on plans in more details before planning permission is sought.

      Professor Julian Crampton, vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “We have worked closely with the City Council and Cathedral Group to create a comprehensive plan. “The development incorporates a range of uses from residential accommodation and student residences, to space for a new university academic building and innovation space for the university and business to work closely together.”

      The plan will see the development of the disused barracks along with land owned by the university next door, the car park of the Watts building, and the Mithras House car park.

      At the Preston Barracks site there will be 350 houses, 20% of which are affordable, 500 student bedrooms, a university research laboratory and a health centre. The Mithras House car park will feature 552 student bedrooms and a small retail area. Meanwhile the Watts Building car park will have 264 student bedrooms, further retail space and space for future academic expansion.

      Notably there will also be a business incubation centre and cutting-edge facility that will support new hi-tech and design-led manufacturing start-up companies and entrepreneurs.

      It is estimates the development will create 740 new jobs over a 10-year period.

      Richard Upton, chief executive of Cathedral Group, said: “This is a major development project and will create a new gateway to the city from the north, further establishing the university at the centre of Brighton’s economic life.

      “Work will now begin on site immediately to set the stage for the upcoming programme of spectacular events planned for the next two years.”

      Jason Kitcat, leader of the council, said the site had “huge potential”.

      He added: “The development will deliver hundreds of good homes, while the student accommodation will ease pressures on family homes. Hundreds of jobs will be created and we will radically improve the appearance of this key gateway to the city while supporting Brighton University’s future success.”

      The barracks was built in 1793 amid fears Napoleon might invade England.

      But, after a period of decline, it has sat empty for more than 20 years.
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      Its probably a good idea and reasonable regeneration - although they seem to be saying that they will build on the car parks…..
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      They could do with rebuilding that retail park too, B&Q is alright but the others are a bit naff and need a lot of updating.
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      I work at the Preston Barracks site and have been following the saga of the plans for redevelopment for years. An early scheme collapsed, because of lack of finance, but this one looks much more likely to succeed. There are still a number of processes to be gone through, including the submission of a planning application and a possible public inquiry, so it will be a few years before building actually starts.

      As I understand it, the major thrust of the scheme is to allow Brighton University to grow and to ensure that more student housing is available to cope. When the project is completed, there will undoubtedly be less car parking available in the area - so, yes, this will be an issue for the football club.
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      Looks like building work will start soon. The site has this week had hoardings put up around the perimiter fence. Are there any plans online as to how the final site will look?
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      The hoardings have gone up but as far as I know no plans have been submitted although Im sure they exist somewhere, perhaps they are going to start clearing the site which would take some time.
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      Whats the actual history of Preston barracks? Im sure I read years ago, some account of an IRA bloke being held and interrogated there, but not by the military?
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