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THE OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS by Ros Branagan Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce is continually growing its programme of events, and just recently there have been developments on this front… major developments, in fact. On 30th June the Chamber launched a brandnew event to give businesses an in-depth look at the construction schemes shaping our city. With high-profile speakers and an innovative workshop, the first Major Developments event gave a packed audience at Brighton Dome an insight into three projects: Brighton i360, Preston Barracks and Black Rock. Eleanor Harris, Chief Executive at Brighton i360, spoke about the financial boost that the PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) scheme will bring. She is expecting 700,000 to 800,000 people a year to pay to ride on the i360 and two million to come into the beach building, and it is estimated the attraction would bring an extra 350,000 visitors into the city every year. Eleanor revealed that the i360 is on track to

with a view to submitting early next year,” Rob

affordable housing – and would allow the city

open next July, and they are hoping to open the


to improve its retail offer and create jobs. It is

vertical cable car as early as May or June, with

Head of City Regeneration at Brighton and

hoped negotiation of a development agreement

the beach building following this. The project

Hove City Council Nick Hibberd spoke about

with project partners Standard Life Investments

will have plenty of opportunities for local

Black Rock, part of the larger £540 million

and Venue Ventures will come at the end of this

businesses, according to Eleanor: “We have a

plan for regeneration in the city, referred to as


policy of putting all our tenders out locally”, she

The Waterfront – “one of the biggest projects

Chamber members and guests then had the

said, “and we have a growing army of talented

that the city council has ever been involved in,”

opportunity to get creative with what they’d

local companies supplying us.”

according to Nick.

heard as part of a workshop run by Nick Price

Rob Sloper, Projects Director at Cathedral Group,

The project would involve the extension of

from Of Things Immaterial. He asked groups

explained that the regeneration of the Preston

Churchill Square shopping centre all the way

of attendees to work through the possible

Barracks site in Moulsecoomb will be delivered

down to the seafront, plus a new conferencing

implications of the developments, prompting

by Cathedral Group in partnership with the

centre with a capacity of 10,000, or 8,000 fully

discussion of issues as varied as transport

University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove

seated. The development would also provide

links, a need for quality business space, traffic

City Council. He called the project a “catalyst for

450 new homes - some of which will be

and parking, job creation, noise and disruption,

social and economic regeneration

housing, affordable retail space,

of the area”, with an ambition to

improvements to the surrounding

create a vibrant, successful and

areas, and economic viability.

sustainable new place.

Building on the success of this

The development will include

first event, Brighton Chamber is



planning the next instalment in the

academic buildings for Brighton

Major Developments series for the

University, new homes and retail

end of the year – make sure you’re

space, plus a Central Research


Laboratory, a commercial building


intended for start-ups, with a

Brighton Chamber events see

focus on the digital manufacturing

industry. “We are now working out







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