Brighton’s ugliest building to be demolished and replaced

Posted On 11 Jul 2016 at 6:13 pm

Plans have been submitted to demolish and replace Anston House which is often described as the ugliest building in Brighton.

Property developer First Base and housing association Hyde Group have submitted a planning application to Brighton and Hove City Council.

They hope to build 229 homes, private and “affordable”, on the site as well as modern workspaces for almost 300 entreprenuers, many of them running start ups or growing small businesses.

They also hope to include 5,000 square metres of external space at Anston House which has been derelict since 1987.

The plans include parking for 115 cars and 432 bikes and should generate more than £1 million in “planning gain” for the local area. This includes £450,000 for extra school places, £450,000 for open spaces and £180,000 towards transport improvements.

The scheme is also expected to generate £139 million of economic activity including 344 construction jobs, with new residents expected to spend more than £6 million in local shops and businesses.

An artist's impression of the First Base plans for the Anston House site opposite Preston Park in Brighton

An artist’s impression of the First Base plans for the Anston House site opposite Preston Park in Brighton

First Base said: “Following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses, community representatives and Brighton and Hove City Council planning officers, First Base have submitted a planning application to the council to redevelop the Anston House site into 229 much-needed homes, modern workspace for Brighton’s small businesses and attractive landscaping that complements Preston Park.

“First Base have received good levels of support for the proposals to redevelop the site which will also offer substantial funding for additional school places, improving Brighton’s open spaces, public transport improvements and a £139 million boost to the economy during construction.

“Local designers Conran and Partners and Nicholas Dexter Studio have developed the proposals for the redevelopment of the Anston House site which has been derelict for nearly three decades and has been crowned the ‘ugliest building in Sussex’.”

First Base development manager Eeva Paasiaro said: “We take the views of local residents and businesses very seriously and we have responded with a scheme that will bring significant benefits to the Preston Park area and Brighton.

“We want to thank everyone who has commented on the proposals and provided their support.

“We look forward to working closely with stakeholders and the council over the coming months as the application progresses and to delivering these much-needed homes and workspace for Brighton.”

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  1. John Vitor Reply

    Should we be alarmed that ‘affordable’ is in inverted comma’s?

  2. Rostrum Reply

    “Planning Gain” aka Bribes….

  3. Hobbs Reply

    Ah damn, i thought this article ‘ugliest building’ was going to be about the Holiday Inn on the seafront.. or maybe the Brighton Centre..

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