Edward Street Quarter is being built with wellbeing at the heart of its design.
The largely pedestrianised development will encourage healthier, safer and more resilient communities by providing spaces to relax, to get active and to socialise.
According to developers First Base, pairing workspaces with homes and social spaces which are flexible helps to create activity throughout the day and evening.
For example, break-out areas, green terraces and a shared community clubhouse will all provide flexible meeting and social spaces whilst the reopened Mighell Street and adjacent public courtyard will provide plenty of casual space to relax and enjoy. These spaces will have the potential to be used in the evenings or at weekends by community groups and will accommodate a variety of curated functions throughout the year, from local farmers markets and Christmas fairs to art shows and film screenings.
First Base has also invested in key initiatives to promote physical and social wellbeing, including an exemplary cycle scheme to encourage healthy living and zero-carbon commutes, and District, a community engagement app, which will be used to connect people within Edward Street Quarter through the sharing of events, services, discounts and news.
Daniel May, Head of Design at First Base, explained:
“The boundaries of living, working and playing are blurring – so where commercial buildings used to minimise social distractions in order to enhance productivity, they now place emphasis on the wellness of the individual, mentally and physically, such that the built environment encourages social interaction and collaboration.”
“We have taken great care to design spaces that will promote community engagement and be a catalyst for social wellbeing. Edward Street Quarter represents a new neighbourhood for Brighton to work and play; we’re looking forward to making it as easy as possible for its tenants to make healthy lifestyle choices.”
Emma Hards, Partner at estate agency SHW, commented:
“The modern office is no longer just a place we have to turn up for the nine to five, so the market’s prerequisites for office buildings have changed significantly over the last decade.”
“We are delighted that Edward Street Quarter will deliver on these requirements and know that businesses in Brighton will be impressed with how the development is raising the bar in terms of forward-thinking office specification.”