Brighton distinguishes itself from the kiss-me-quick, donkey-riding image of more traditional resorts by being more of a city by the sea. The past five years have seen an ongoing programme to transform the seafront with a mix of public and private funding. One major development in the early stages of construction is a high-class residential project on the seafront called the Van Allen Building, designed by PRC Fewster.

The Moshi Moshi sushi bar is an example of the imaginative approach that gives the town an edge. Technically, the project is a refurbishment, but in reality it is almost a new building that will occupy a key spot in Brighton’s historic Lanes area. Architect De Rijke Marsh Morgan wanted to turn the site, which had seen a series of commercial failures, into an exciting attraction that would enliven the desolate, grey public square it occupies.