Apr 05, 2023

Moulsecoomb Place, Brighton – restoration plans given the green light

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Proposals to restore the historic Moulsecoomb Place Manor House, Tithe Barn and gardens on Lewes Road were given the green light by Brighton & Hove Planning Committee. Studio Egret West is the architect, urban designer and landscape architect for the development by Cathedral.

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 and Hove”
Richard Upton CEO of Cathedral, owners of the site

The development will bring an estimated 62 jobs to the local area and an investment of over £150million into the city, opening 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 well-being studio.

Sustainable design means new student buildings will be built to BREEAM Excellent standards and will include a 100sq.m 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. Public realm improvements within the site and adjacent public highway will make the gardens more accessible, and landscaping and planting aims to create a ten percent biodiversity net gain.

This is a great opportunity to bring an underused but historically significant site into greater public use through a sustainable development. The proposals convert the family of historic buildings into a public focused use, provide much needed student housing to the city while integrating them both into a new heritage focused place including restoration and opening up of the historic grounds”
Lucas Lawrence Director at Studio Egret West

Restoration of the Manor House and Tithe Barn will incorporate a public house, restaurant and events space, 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.

The Moulsecoomb Place landscape proposals have a strong heritage basis, the design re-imagines the historic landscape following a similar framework to what was originally conceived. Our proposals make previously private greenspace publicly accessible, boost the ecological value of the site with a substantial biodiversity net gain and anticipate the impact of climate change celebrating species of the Brighton and Hove biosphere within a restored flint walled garden”
Duncan Paybody Director of Landscape at Studio Egret West
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Moulsecoomb Place, Brighton – restoration plans given the green light