Listed Brighton bus shelter could be turned into café

Brighton and Hove City Council has submitted plans to convert three listed bus shelters into “flexible” spaces because they will soon be redundant.

The grade II listed art deco style shelters in Old Steine will no longer be used as bus stops when phase three of the £13 million Valley Gardens project is completed.

The council plans to extend one of the shelters and turn it into a café or information kiosk with an accessible toilet.

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The other two could be anything from a “pop-up” art gallery to a bike doctor’s premises or an electric bike charging point.

The shelters were built in 1949 when the old County Borough of Brighton Corporation had the designed by engineer DJ Howe to reflect the 1936 tram shelter in Steine Gardens.

A heritage statement submitted with the plans said: “The structures will no longer be used as bus shelters in the future due to the Valley Gardens redevelopment.

“The shelters are in poor condition and regularly vandalised with graffiti and broken windows.

“The proposal will retain the existing structure while upgrading and safeguarding them by providing a new use.”

The proposed refurbishment includes “discrete” shutters to protect the shelters from vandalism.

Buses would no longer go along the road in front of the bus shelters because the street would be pedestrianised, with a cycle lane, once phase three is complete.

All northbound traffic will be directed to the eastern side of Old Steine.

Councillors voted through the final designs in January and the project is due for completion next year.

Plans include a T-junction and traffic lights in place of the Aquarium Roundabout, new separate cycle lanes and an outdoor events space.

The project’s budget has risen to almost £13 million from just under £8 million although a government grant will cover £6 million.

The rise was blamed on inflation in the construction sector while the project was delayed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The £11 million phase one and two of the Valley Gardens project opened in September 2020.

Changes to the road layout have proved controversial along with the signage after four new “bus gates”, installed as part of the project, generated £2 million in fines in the first year.

  1. Clayton Reply

    I note that mention of costs rising from 8 to £13M then goes on to mention P1&2 cost out as per below…

    ..”The £11 million phase one and two of the Valley Gardens project opened in September 2020.”

    So we’re to believe removal of a major intersection roundabout, it’s replacement with a new junction and all the new lane routing, management etc along with buses and bike lanes being routed via a contraflow/ opposing routing is gonna be sorted for ‘just’ £2M.

    Course it will.

    • Just me Reply

      No. That £11 M was for the completed phase 2 shambles.

      The £13M up from 8 is for the phase 3 disaster.

  2. Timo Omit Reply

    I think they are talking about those three crappy old concrete bus shelters outside the Royal Pavilion??
    I don’t know why they are listed, built in 1949 is not art deco and I really don’t know why they weren’t knocked down years ago and replaced with something that actually has glass in the windows.
    What is moe worrying is the continual blocking up of the town’s arteries preventing commuters and shoppers from getting into the heart of the city. When is has died from lack of blood everybody will be throwing their hands in the air and tearing their hair out because they have killed the town xentre.
    Already there are less and less people around the town centre.
    (And don’t ask me to callit a city because it isn’t, it’s an overgrown town)

    • Alex wills Reply

      There are less people around the town because its coming to winter. Its always like that when the weather gets colder. Us Brightonians know these things.

  3. Chris Reply

    Maybe turn them into toilets ? – oh no wait – the green council do not believe in those.

  4. Alex wills Reply

    Theyre used as toilets at night anyway

  5. Phoebe Barrera Reply

    Do we really need more cafés?

  6. Hendrik Reply

    Cafes are the only places in the city (that’s a laugh for a start!), where anyone can find a toilet – as long as they are prepared to pay the high prices for food and drink there. Maybe the zombies who run the council do not use toilets.

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