City College is celebrating the approval by BHCC Planning Committee for its plans for the redevelopment of City College Brighton & Hove Pelham Street Campus [December 11].
Said Lynn Thackway, Principal of City College Brighton & Hove: “We are all absolutely delighted. Our project will transform and secure the future of Further Education in Brighton for many decades to come. It will enable the delivery of exceptional learning opportunities for the 10,000 students a year who come to us to develop new skills on one of our 700 courses.
“Our new buildings will have a huge impact on what our students can achieve and aspire to. This project will play a key part in the wider regeneration of the City and create a scheme which we and the City can be proud of.
“We also recognise some of the legitimate concerns of local residents and we’re committed to working with them through the construction process and the ongoing management of the public spaces to make sure all their concerns are addressed.”
This construction project will contribute to regenerating the London Road area in particular and the City in general by providing £79m of inward investment and up to 141 local construction jobs as well as local spend of over £1m. Unlike proposals submitted in 2008, the College is receiving no Central or Local Government funding for this project and has to maximise the potential of its land and assets to secure the additional borrowing necessary to deliver the scheme.
Proposals for the redevelopment of City College Brighton & Hove Pelham Street Campus include a ‘state of the art’ further education college, replacing the current building with modern teaching space and associated uses, situated where the college car park is now and a mix of student accommodation and residential development on the remainder, which will help to fund the new College facilities whilst contributing to the city’s need for homes. The scheme includes 12,056 sqm of improved learning facilities, 442 rooms of student residential accommodation and 125 new homes, including a mixture of tenure, which are much needed in the city.
A new public square and events space for local people to enjoy is also included in proposals which are predominantly car free, reducing traffic and pollution, supported by extensive cycle storage and a shuttle service between campuses. Traffic calming measures in Pelham Street, using shared surfacing to give pedestrians priority, public realm improvements and active frontage to encourage a more secure and enjoyable environment.