After a protracted planning battle, the controversial scheme was given the go-ahead by Brighton & Hove city council and the first phase of 175 homes in a 40-storey skyscraper has been launched, priced from £461,000.
Spanning 126 acres of waterfront at Brighton Marina, Europe’s largest, the scheme sits between chalk cliffs and the sea. The tower is suspended on stilts over the water, and is complemented by 10 “boardwalk” buildings, their design inspired by the town’s white-stucco Regency architecture and the maritime themes of yacht sails and lighthouses. Hemmed in by the sea and the South Downs National Park, Brighton is acutely short of land for homes.
The marina was built in the Sixties, with an Act of Parliament stopping the development spreading seawards or its height exceeding that of nearby cliffs. However, a loophole allowed restrictions to be waived if the council agreed in writing.
The new project brings a Docklands-style development to Brighton for the first time, with high-rise homes, concierge and other services for residents, plus dozens of shops, bars and restaurants and new promenades. Call Hamptons International on 01273 921065.