Architect to draw up new Brighton Arena plan

An architect has been appointed to draw up a blueprint for the new Brighton Arena.

The Brighton Waterfront project involves proposals for a major new conferencing and events venue for the city on the Black Rock site next to the Marina.

The WilkinsonEyre practice, which designed the Gateshead Millennium bridge, and the Olympic Basketball Arena for London 2012, will carry out work to draw up a masterplan study of the Black Rock area in the east of the city.

Under the plans the Brighton Centre in the city centre will be demolished to make way for shops and a residential tower block.

Brighton and Hove City Council is working with Standard Life Investments to deliver the new venue. No development agreement has been signed at this stage.

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “WilkinsonEyre was appointed by Standard Life Investments, following careful consideration of a number of potential practices, to undertake a bespoke piece of work to inform discussions between the partners. The practice has considerable relevant experience both locally and in designing schemes, including arenas, in sensitive waterside locations and were considered the most appropriate choice.”

Venue Ventures, the consultant behind the award winning Leeds arena was involved in the early stages of the scheme but is not playing a role in the current process.

The council spokeswoman said: “As the overall project proposals continue to crystallise, the roles and responsibilities of consultants such as Venue Ventures will develop and will be confirmed once the development agreement has been signed.”

James Stevens, head of development for Standard Life Investments, said: “We’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made this year on this crucial project for the city. Concluding the legal agreements will enable Standard Life Investments and Brighton & Hove City Council to take the Waterfront project to the next stage.”

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