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Brighton and Hove bids to be Channel 4’s new home

From Brighton and Hove News

Channel 4 is being urged to relocate to Brighton and Hove as it looks for premises outside London.

The state-owned television company invited pitches from across the country last month as it started its search for three new “creative hubs”.

Brighton and Hove City Council, working with the local television sector, put in a bid on Friday 11 May.

The bid also involves the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Sussex University and Brighton University.

It outlines Brighton and Hove’s “distinctive offering as a major digital and creative centre”, the council said.

It said: “In April, Channel 4 launched its ‘4 All the UK’ strategy and invited pitches from cities and regions across the UK.

“The company plans to open three new creative hubs, including a national HQ, bringing 300 jobs to the regions.

“The Brighton and Hove bid highlights the city’s established success in media, digital innovation and the arts, its unique character as a location known for its quality of life and independent spirit, and its excellent transport links nationally and internationally, including its close proximity to Gatwick Airport.

Visit Brighton has said it’s delighted to support the bid, as the city’s reputation for digital innovation and the arts, and its excellent transport links would make it an ideal destination for Channel 4.”

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Brighton given £17m funding towards two key projects

From Brighton & Hove News

The government has said that it will put £17 million towards two key projects in Brighton, using money from the Local Growth Fund.

The two schemes are the proposed conference centre and arena at Black Rock and the new Bio Innovation Centre being planned by Sussex University.

The money accounts for more than a quarter of the £66 million allocated to the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area which stretches from Croydon via Crawley to Chichester and Newhaven.

The Greater Brighton Economic Board co-ordinated the local bids including the two projects championed by Brighton and Hove City Council which have garnered £17.6 million between them.

The board said that £12.1 million would go towards the Black Rock part of the £540 million Brighton Waterfront project.

The Brighton Waterfront project involves extending the Churchill Square shopping centre down to the seafront. The Brighton Centre will close and a conference centre and arena will be built at Black Rock instead.

The Bio Innovation Centre has been awarded £5.5 million to act as a business incubator for new life sciences projects. It will be housed in the £99 million new Life Sciences Building planned for the Sussex University campus at Falmer. The building is expected to be granted planning permission on Wednesday (8 February) in a meeting at Hove Town Hall.

University of Sussex £500m expansion set for green light

From The Argus

Artists’ impressions of new student village

The first phase of a £500 million project to modernise University of Sussex’s campus and accommodate 5,000 more students is set to be given the green light.

Proposals to create more than 2,100 new student rooms on the East Slope of the university’s Falmer Campus will go before the city council’s planning committee.

Councillors are being advised to grant permission to the proposals which would also lead to the creation of a new union bar and entertainment venue as part of a new six-storey building.

Several 1970s student accommodation blocks will make way for the new development while new buildings will also be built on campus car parks.

If granted permission, work could begin early next year with the first phase ready for the start of the 2018/19 academic year and with all work completed by 2020.

The plans, drawn up by architects TP Bennett, are the first stage of a £500 million building programme which the university estimates will create 2,400 permanent jobs.

An outline planning application consenting to the university to build more than 4,000 student rooms, 60,000 sqm of new academic facilities and 2,000 sqm of additional floorspace was granted on appeal in July last year.

Students have ended up with smaller bedrooms as the university tweaked the plans in discussion with officers to build fewer residential blocks to create “a more spacious feel” to the campus.

In responses to the planning applications, the South Downs National Park Authority called on the university to plant “forest sized trees” and not just “street tree lollipops” to ensure the new development merges “seamlessly” with the existing campus.

In total 340 trees will be felled as part of the building project which council officers said was “to be regretted”.

The county ecologist also warned that two “low-status” bat roosts are based at buildings set to be demolished.

Historic England has also voiced concern that moving the student union away from Fulton Court into a new building could dilute the original intentions of architect Sir Basil Spence.

The body concludes new uses should be found for Fulton Court to allow it to remain at “the communal heart of the campus”.

Council planning officers said: “The proposed development is of a high standard of design and will integrate well with the overall master plan and the original Sir Basil Spence design concept without causing harm to the setting of adjacent listed buildings, the Stanmer Park Conservation Area or the South Downs National Park.”