Property developer Standard Life Investments and Brighton and Hove City Council have appointed architectural firm Make as lead consultant for the development of the new seafront Brighton Conference Centre.
Brighton Council’s Alan Stone tells Conference News that three existing buildings where the old centre is located, are to be demolished and a new complex built to include a new hotel and cinema, as well as an extension to the developer’s existing Churchill Square property.
Council leader Mary Mears says Make,demonstrated the ability to deliver “a world class development to live up to the council’s aspirational vision for the site”.
“Delivery of a new convention centre has been a key economic priority for the city. It shows the major developers regard Brighton and Hove as a great place to invest.”
Investment director at Standard Life Investments, Danny McHugh, says he foresees a “unique development of exceptional quality that will transform this area of Brighton”.
London ‘Gherkin’ designer Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make, says his team is looking forward to working together in realising a “striking, innovative and highly sustainable building for Brighton”.
“The city has such a distinct character and our design must be rooted in this context; uniquely Brightonian,” he adds.
A six-month phase of feasibility studies will commence on 1 August.
The existing Brighton Centre will continue to take bookings for major conferences, events and shows, for the foreseeable future.