The old Circus Street market is fast disappearing as the building is dismantled to make way for a £200m new development of student housing, university library, dance studio andThe first machinery arrived on site at the end of last month, and these pictures, taken by local photographer Paul Bennett from Kingswood Street, show how the roof’s days are numbered.
The demolition contractors are Dorton Group, based in Burgess Hill, with 30 years of experience in demolition and 40 employees, many of them local.
They will complete demolition towards the end of 2015 and then construction will start early in 2016.
All timber from the demolition works will be used for board making and bio mass fuel. All steel will be re-used and all hard core and concrete will be kept on site to be used on the site construction of the new Circus Street development. Any waste will go to a transfer station for further sorting.
Developers Cathedral Group and Dorton Group met with neighbours last month to update them on upcoming works and answer questions.
Richard Upton, Chief Executive of Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd, said: “Our neighbours are our first priority and we are working with our partners and contractors to be the most considerate builders in the city to date, working to the best possible standards.”
“It’s great to see this major project get under way which will deliver much needed homes as well as employment and community benefits, alongside student accommodation that will ease the pressure on the city’s housing stock.”
Anne Boddington, University of Brighton, said: “We are delighted that work is under way – a high quality new art teaching and library space, as well as welcoming public exhibition space and café, will greatly enhance our educational offer at the university. The project will allow the university to further enhance its strong partnerships with the cultural organisations in the city.”
Jamie Watton, CEO/Artistic Director, South East Dance, said: ‘At last The Dance Space can become a reality – it will be a vital addition to the dance infrastructure of the whole country as well as a sustainable and permanent home for dance in the city. We are delighted to be the chosen cultural partner for this significant development and to support economic regeneration in our home city.
Mr Upton added: “We are very excited to start work here – our ambition is to transform the area into a vibrant new quarter of the city, bringing cultural, economic and educational benefits to an area in need of some love.
“Our goal is to make Circus Street the go-to place for Brighton’s creative individuals, innovative business start-ups, students and nearby residents. This will become a reality in just two years.”
The scheme includes a new University of Brighton library and academic building with a publicly-accessible exhibition space; 142 new homes, including 28 affordable; 450 student bedrooms in quality and managed student halls of residence; The Dance Space, South East Dance’s new home for dance at the heart of the development; and 38,000 sq ft of new office space plus workshops offering creative businesses start up accommodation and room to grow.
The council car park on Carlton Hill is now permanently closed and all parking bays on the east side of Circus Street will be closed permanently and there will be some temporary parking bay closures at key times during the demolition on Morley Street. Works traffic will access the site by entering from the A23 and onto Circus Street.
For more information, visit www.circusstreetbrighton.com.