Cathedral Group’s Moulsecoomb Place restoration proposals gets go-ahead

PBSA developer Cathedral Group gain approval from the Brighton & Hove Planning Committee to restore Moulsecoomb Place Manor House.

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Moulsecoomb Place Manor House.

Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developer Cathedral Group receives approval from the Brighton & Hove Planning Committee to restore Mouslecoomb Place Manor House, Tithe Barn and gardens on Lewes Road.

Moulsecoomb Place will bring an estimated 62 jobs to the local area and an investment of over £150m into Brighton city.

The historic PBSA development will open-up the park and listed buildings for public use and enjoyment, as well as delivering much needed student rooms right next to the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb Campus with a gym and wellbeing studio.  

Restoration of the Manor House and Tithe Barn will incorporate a public house, restaurant and events space, including guest bedrooms, car parking and associated alterations to hard and soft landscaping.

Moulsecoomb Social Club is also being offered the opportunity to work with the developers to restore the building and build its membership.

“We are delighted to be granted permission to take forward this exciting development which we believe will bring huge benefit to the local community in Moulsecoomb and the wider city of Brighton & Hove.”

Richard Upton, CEO, Cathedral Group

The demand for eco-friendly, convenient and comfortable student accommodation has increased significantly in the city.

With the Moulsecoomb Place restoration plans, Cathedral Group are hoping to fill this margin.

Sustainable design of the development means that the 566 PBSA rooms in a 24-hour managed group of four blocks will be built to BREEAM Excellent standards and will include a 100 sqm community space at ground level.

Land has been allocated for a Brighton Bikeshare hub in the northern part of the development, next to Moulsecoomb Station. 

Within the accessible gardens, landscaping and planting will aim to create a 10% biodiversity net gain. Sections will also be reserved for the planting of fruit and trees.

Cathedral Group intends to hold an events programme inside the listed buildings and in the gardens at Moulsecoomb Place, to enliven the area year-round and bring together the local communities, residential and student. 

Alongside this, the ‘Pub Hub Club’ proposal will offer the opportunity to hire upwards of 60 local staff members.

Areas of the publicly accessible listed buildings will be designed to highlight the history of the site and share its fascinating story.

The local community embrace Cathedral Group’s plans to restore the area and connect both students and locals.