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Design Brighton Festival announces April 2020 dates

Design Brighton, a four-day festival celebrating revolutionary urban design, has announced new dates of 01-04 April 2020. Festival Co-Director Sophie Law Smith explains: “Our original concept was to hold the festival in October this year, but a number of factors have led to us needing to change the dates to

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Brighton’s Madeira Terrace to Be Transformed into Boxpark Mall

Brighton’s Madeira Terrace is going to be transformed into a new retail and leisure facility. Boxpark revealed its plans, which involve reviving the crumbling Victorian arches, and incorporating a new premium hotel operator. The development would see the arches augmented with a new building and urban green spaces. The plans

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CPF Holds New Location in Brighton

The popular touristic area of Brighton is witnessing a large amount of building shifts between companies that are deciding to have investments such as offices there, and the Charities Property Fund is the latest firm to set up an office there. Previously owned by Aviva, the International House located on

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Brighton

Design Brighton Festival announces April 2020 dates

Design Brighton, a four-day festival celebrating revolutionary urban design, has announced new dates of 01-04 April 2020. Festival Co-Director Sophie Law Smith explains: “Our original concept was to hold the festival in October this year, but a number of factors have led to us needing to change the dates to April 2020. One element influencing the decision was to wait for the restoration to be completed at our host venue, Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.  “We’ve been delighted with the response from sponsors, partners and collaborators and we’re excited to be able to announce several elements of the festival – our programme is shaping up nicely!” Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said: “We are pleased to be working with Design Brighton on their inaugural festival. As Brighton’s leading event for the urban environment, we are keen to accommodate Design Brighton and we look forward to welcoming them into our newly refurbished space next year.”  Two key partners have been announced for the festival; mixed-use developer First Base, owners of the Edward Street Quarter development in Brighton, and Building Live, which will host an industry specific event during the festival. Barry Jessup, Director of First Base, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Design Brighton. The city is undergoing a huge amount of development and this festival will help to not only put Brighton’s world class urban design on the map but will also bring together visionaries to discuss how we can all collaborate and share knowledge to improve the built environment for all.” One of the exhibitors already confirmed is a new building system by ICF Southern dubbed the ‘Naked House’ which will showcase fixtures, fittings and products and act as a networking hub for attendees throughout the festival. The programme will include: Wed 01 – Thu 02 April: Exhibition at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange plus two conference sessions per day focused on the history of urban design and how that can shape current challenges faced by cities across the world. Fri 03 April: The day will kick-off with a networking breakfast followed by a panel of speakers discussing the future of urban development with a Q&A session. Sat 04 April: The exhibition will be open to the public on this day, with the aim to provide information regarding home renovation and showcase local companies. This day will also include an educational element to engage children in the construction industry. For more information, please visit www.designbrighton.org.

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Brighton’s Madeira Terrace to Be Transformed into Boxpark Mall

Brighton’s Madeira Terrace is going to be transformed into a new retail and leisure facility. Boxpark revealed its plans, which involve reviving the crumbling Victorian arches, and incorporating a new premium hotel operator. The development would see the arches augmented with a new building and urban green spaces. The plans were developed by Brighton and Hove resident and Boxpark founder, Roger Wade, alongside Project Creator Paul Nicholson from Brighton founded Chalk Architecture. “As a Brighton and Hove resident, I’m passionate about the regeneration our of outstanding sea-front. Madeira Terrace is the embodiment of the Victorian grandeur that saw Brighton become the UK’s favourite seaside destination. Our proposal aims to redevelop this much loved area to create a year round retail and leisure destination to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to the coast alike. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with Brighton & Hove City Council, local stakeholders and businesses and our development partners over the next 12 months to explore how we bring the Boxpark concept to Brighton, whilst retaining the architecture and heritage that our seafront is synonym with,” said Roger Wade. Paul Williams, Development Investment Advisor, Morgan Williams also commented on the plans: “Boxpark’s innovative and refreshing approach to the retail and leisure sectors will be a perfect match for this potentially iconic development. The development team assembled combines local sensitivity with international expertise. I have absolute confidence that we will secure strong investor interest from a wide range of UK institutions, property companies and international investors including sovereign wealth funds, many of whom may normally be constrained to investing in London.” Boxpark Shoreditch opened in 2011 as the world’s first pop-up mall. The concept utilised the modern street food market and placed local and global brands side by side, to create a unique shopping and dining destination. Entirely constructed out of refitted shipping containers, Boxpark showcases a unique position in being able to offer affordable and flexible leases for lifestyle brands, cafes, restaurants and galleries to trade and succeed.

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CPF Holds New Location in Brighton

The popular touristic area of Brighton is witnessing a large amount of building shifts between companies that are deciding to have investments such as offices there, and the Charities Property Fund is the latest firm to set up an office there. Previously owned by Aviva, the International House located on Queen’s Road in the seaside community’s area was acquired by the CPF at a cost of £11.2 million and this is a clear sign that it wishes to build on the successes of the area by moving there. Indeed, in the vicinity of the office area itself is the Brighton train station, thus making it a more than ideal location for those traveling to work. The fact that Brighton is such a popular investment where companies like to set up office bases there means that there is a lot of competition for the space itself and the CPF had to cough up a large amount of dough in order to be able to set up a base there in the first place. The fact that Permitted Development has meant that the wolfing up of territory in the Brighton area has hit an all-time high meant that the CPF needed to use a number of its financial resources to be able to invest there in the first place. Indeed, as Angy Benitz of the CPF explains, the fact that as of 2013 the city had sold around 800,000 square feet of its office areas meant that the CPF had to act quickly and efficiently in order to acquire the space off Aviva and beat other rival competitors wishing to settle there. Now that the company has its second office base in the area, this means that it is in a better position than it has ever been before to conduct its business in the south of England in the Brighton area.

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