Downing given green light for new PBSA development

Providing much-needed student beds for Brighton’s educational institutions, Downing has received planning to develop a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme.

Downing has received approval to develop a new PBSA scheme in Brighton | PBSA News
Downing has received approval to develop a new PBSA scheme in Brighton.

Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developer and operator Downing has been given the go ahead by Lewes District Council to deliver a 555-bed student accommodation development.

Situated on the site of the former Bennett’s field car park by the Amex Stadium, Downing is set to deliver the new scheme for students at the University of Sussex, University of Brighton, British and Irish Modern Music Institute, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, East Sussex College Lewes, and other local Higher Education providers.

The development will see the construction of two six-storey linear wings, with an interlocking two-storey central social hub. The accommodation will be split into 130 self-contained studio apartments, 397 student cluster rooms, 18 accessible studios and ten accessible cluster rooms. Amenities include a roof terrace, gym, cinema, games room, private dining rooms, generous study and social spaces.

“Like many parts of the UK, there is significant demand for high-quality PBSA in Brighton. We are delighted that planning has been granted for this new development, that will see the delivery of 555 beds across two interlocking linear buildings with a central social hub. This will not only relieve pressure on the existing stock of student accommodation but housing provision in the surrounding areas. We intend to work closely with local Higher Education providers to ensure the new accommodation will meet the long-term needs of its student population, whilst also benefiting the wider community. In line with our commitment to sustainability, the scheme will be delivered to a BREEAM Excellent standard.”

Martin Fenlon, Associate Projects Director, Downing

Construction work will include hard and soft landscaping, creating a welcoming, outdoor space for the residents. As part of Downing’s commitment to sustainability in the built environment, the new PBSA scheme will be built to a BREEAM Excellent standard. The finished development is also aiming for Secured by Design accreditation.

The PBSA scheme will be car-free – except for accessible parking bays – with electric vehicle charging points and student drop off areas. There will also be 300 new secure indoor cycle storage spaces – delivered as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Bikeshare scheme.

Throughout construction, Downing will continue to engage with the council, the universities and the local community.