Plans for New City Centre Employment Space and Housing Gets The Go Ahead
Brighton and Hove’s city’s planning committee have approved the £100m redevelopment of the site of the former headquarters of American Express in Brighton. This is one of the largest mixed-use developments to come forward in recent years.
The former Amex headquarters, also called Amex House, opened in 1977 but began being demolished in 2016 as a result of the Amex HQ moving to a nearby new modern building.
With the demolition of the fromer Amex HQ being completed in 2017, a two-acre vacant site in Edward Street, Brighton was left and the future of this site was put into deliberation.
Subsequently in 2017 the site was was sold to the developers Patron Capital and a mixed – use developer First Base. First Base is also developing another major site in the city, the Anston House site near Preston Park.
The aforementioned developers, who submitted their redevelopment plans for the Amex House site earlier this year, were given the green light by Brighton and Hove City Council on July 18.
As a result we will see the creation of new offices, homes, shops, cafes and new public open space in the city centre.
The redevelopment, which covers the whole two acre site in Edward Street, involves providing 15,000 square metres of workspace that has the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs. In addition to this, 168 homes will be built with 33 of these being available at low cost for rent or shared ownership. Residents will also get to enjoy communal gardens and children’s play space.
Councillor Julie Cattell, chair of Brighton & Hove’s planning committee, said: “This project will help address the need for good quality office space for small and medium-sized enterprises in the heart of the city. It will create 168 new homes and thousands of jobs, as well as bring a vacant site back into use.”
The scheme will also introduce 130 trees and 45 plant species in three public spaces for people that work, study or visit the area to take pleasure in.