Developer is partnering with the University of Brighton to deliver the project

Preston barracks

Brighton & Hove council has given the go-ahead for a £300m transformation of the derelict Preston Barracks and University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus.

Designed by Hassell, Studio Egret West, TP Bennett and Stride Treglown the plans include the construction of 369 new homes, and 1,338 student bedrooms in new halls of residence, as well as a new home for the university’s Business School.

The scheme being delivered by regeneration speclialist U+I and Brighton university will also feature a 50,000ft2 hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

Richard Upton, deputy chief executive of U+I, said the project was one of the “largest and most ambitious” to be brought forward in Brighton for a number of years.

Professor Debra Humphris, vice chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “The scheme has the potential to have a huge positive impact both for the local community and wider city.”