First Base to deliver Brighton’s largest speculative commercial scheme in 25 years

Work begins at Edward Street Quarter to deliver 110,000 sq ft office space and 168 homes; the largest speculative commercial scheme to be developed in Brighton for 25 years.

Edward Street Quarter is the £120 million redevelopment of the former AMEX House in Brighton city centre, which will deliver 110,000 sq ft of workspace for Brighton’s burgeoning creative and media sectors, including a significant coworking element, alongside 40,000 sq ft of leisure space and 168 new homes.

Designed by BuckleyGreyYeoman, the scheme is inspired by Brighton’s eclectic street scene and will also introduce a new high-quality public realm, with three new public spaces created by renowned landscape designers Spacehub.

McLaren Construction has been appointed as lead contractor with a target of completion by Autumn 2021.

Cushman & Wakefield and SHW have been appointed as leasing agents for the workspace, with SHW and CF Commercial leading the marketing of the 40,000 sq ft leisure space, targeting food and beverage providers as well as gym and cinema operators.

Steve Eccles, Project Director at First Base, commented: “Starting on site at Edward Street Quarter is a significant milestone as we move forward the delivery of Brighton’s largest speculative office scheme for over two decades. The growth of the tech, media and creative sectors in Brighton has been frustrated by a lack of suitable workspace, so we anticipate strong demand for the commercial element, which will sit within a vibrant new neighbourhood in the city centre.”

Kevin Cooke, Senior Partner – Development, at Patron Capital, said: “Following significant planning, it’s exciting to see construction work starting for this major scheme. With its exceptional design, attractive city-centre location and mix of uses, we look forward to this being a highly successful development in all senses.”