Edward Street Quarter treated guests to rooftop sea views as Brighton’s newest neighbourhood celebrated reaching its highest point.
A topping out ceremony was held on top of its tallest building and visitors were given tours of the development, which will complete early next year.
Edward Street Quarter’s highest point is just over 31m, and the six buildings will accommodate offices, retail and hospitality facilities and new homes.
Businesses also had the opportunity to walk around their future office or leisure space as the countdown to completion next year starts.
Steve Eccles, Project Director at First Base, said:
“Reaching the highest point of Edward Street Quarter is a real milestone for the development.
“We were so excited to welcome our guests for tours of Brighton’s newest neighbourhood and show them the breath-taking views from the top.
“With Grade A office space, new homes, retailers, cafes and leisure facilities, as well as green spaces and inspiring public art, Edward Street Quarter is set to become a destination in its own right.
“We are on track to complete next year and welcome occupiers, visitors and the local community alike.”
Kevin Cooke, Senior Partner at Patron Capital said:
“Reaching topping out is a clearly a significant milestone for what will be a fantastic addition to Brighton City Centre, and we really appreciate the team effort that has got us to this point and we look forward to completion being achieved during next year”.
Daniel Carlisle at Investec Real Estate commented: “Edward Street Quarter is an excellent example of the transformational placemaking initiatives we love to support at Investec and we’re delighted to celebrate this important milestone with the teams at First Base and Patron Capital.”
Stephen Adams, Operations Director at McLaren Construction, said:
“This milestone achieved is testament to the hard work of the McLaren team and our excellent working relationship with our customer First Base and Patron Capital. Despite Covid-19 challenges, our social value plan has implemented over £9 million of benefits to Brighton in our first year of construction by focusing on local employment and training. With works continuing on programme, we look forward to completing what will be a fantastic addition to the city.”
Jay Newman, McLaren’s Managing Director, South, said:
“We are delighted to celebrate the topping out of Edward Street Quarter with customers First Base and Patron Capital. Linking in with the local community of Brighton is key for McLaren and we look forward to playing an important part in the development of a vibrant new neighbourhood in the city. With its outstanding design, desirable location in the city centre and mix of uses, we anticipate this flagship development to be a great success.”
Edward Street Quarter comprises 125,000 sq ft of flexible space for Brighton’s burgeoning digital and creative sectors and wider corporate community, making it the largest provision of workspace to be delivered in the city since 1993.
20,000 sq ft is also set aside for retailers, leisure and hospitality. 168 new homes are available, comprising a mix of private and affordable units to meet local demand.
The development includes design features to boost mental and physical wellbeing as well as three public green spaces, heavily planted with mature trees and an edible garden full of herbs.
Photo caption L-R: Daniel Carlisle (Investec), Barry Jessup (First Base), Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty (BHCC), Cllr Alan Robbins (Mayor of B&H), Val Cawley (Mayor's Consort), Jay Newman (McLaren Construction), Kevin Cooke (Patron Capital), Gavin Stewart (BHEP), Steve Eccles (First Base), Ema Blay (L&G), Stephen Adams (McLaren Construction). Photo credit: Sam Stephenson.