Housing association buys Preston Barracks site for 369 homes

Posted On 22 Feb 2019 at 4:48 pm

Housing association Optivo has bought land at Preston Barracks in Brighton to build 369 affordable homes.

Optivo bought the site from developer U+I and hopes to start building work at the Lewes Road site in the summer.

The Preston Barracks scheme is one of the biggest regeneration projects in Brighton and Hove, with U+I working alongside Brighton University and Brighton and Hove City Council.

U+I regeneration director Simon Hesketh said “We are delighted to have secured another new partner to progress the Preston Barracks scheme.

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“The new homes are much needed and this transformational project is on track to create a thriving place for people to live, work and learn, bringing tangible benefits to the local community and the city as a whole.”

Optivo land and new business director Neill Tickle said: “We’re passionate about delivering new homes and are delighted to have completed this deal with U+I.

“This is a very exciting time for Brighton and we’re proud to be involved with such an ambitious masterplan that will create jobs and positively transform the area.

“It’s Optivo’s largest land-only deal to date and we’re keen to get started on building 369 much-needed quality homes as part of a buzzing new neighbourhood.”

Another provider, Scape Student Living, is also building rooms for 555 students as part of the scheme.

Construction has already started at Preston Barracks with U+I’s first building due to be completed by the end of this year. It will offer workspace for the start-ups and small firms.

The £300 million masterplan is intended to establish the Lewes Road area as a thriving new academic and economic corridor in Brighton.

The aims include creating “a vibrant and new community with the new student beds and new homes, in addition to a business school, an entrepreneurial hub, shops, cafés, roof top bar, workshops, leisure facilities, play spaces, public squares, new pedestrian bridge and a new boardwalk to the station”.

The scheme is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs and inject more than £280 million into the local economy over the next 10 years.

  1. Rostrum Reply

    Very good……..

  2. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    It’s been a long time a-coming, land ownership being such a complex issue.

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