Topland and First Base form partnership to rejuvenate Brighton landmark

The owners of Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel have announced a new partnership with developer First Base, and are in advanced negotiations with Hilton to redevelop the iconic property, subject to planning approval.  If confirmed, the multi-million-pound investment would make a significant contribution to the ongoing regeneration of Brighton’s seafront.

Topland – which acquired the Hilton Brighton Metropole in 2011 – and First Base plan to undertake an extensive refurbishment of all the guest rooms and public areas.  The local landmark will be carefully restored to protect its heritage whilst giving the buildings a new lease of life.

In addition, plans are also being developed to deliver much-needed new homes, improve local connectivity and provide a new open and accessible landscaped courtyard.

William Davies, Director at Topland commented: ‘This agreement, once finalised, will represent a considerable investment into one of Brighton’s best-known landmarks.  The plans will support the city’s intention to enhance its reputation as a top tourist destination and help its economy to evolve from being seasonal to one that is sustainable throughout the year.’

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base commented: ‘We are already committed to Brighton, where we are currently delivering over 100,000 sq ft of commercial space, over 250 new homes and leisure facilities.  Working alongside Topland, we look forward to breathing new life into such an iconic Brighton landmark to secure the Metropole’s future success and deliver social and economic benefits to the city.’

First Base is one of the most active mixed-use developers in Brighton, currently delivering 320,000 sq ft of commercial, leisure and residential development at the Edward Street Quarter.

Community Consultations will commence shortly including a series of residents’ workshops and community meetings.

For further details please visit: www.brightonmetropole.com