Project Overview

Providing social value was always at the heart of a mixed-use development which aims to provide Brighton & Hove with a new creative community in which people can live, work and socialise.

The seaside city is famous for its free thinking and creativity, and has become a hotbed for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and SMEs. But the region has long suffered from a lack of A-grade office space, stifling local growth.

Edward Street Quarter, built on the site of the old Amex House in Brighton city centre, aims to solve that problem with a development that is underpinned by place-making and sustainability, true to the Brighton spirit.


Over £13m of benefits were generated during the first ten months of construction phase, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Highlights include:

  • Working with local resident associations on the production of a newsletter
  • Supporting a community gardening project
  • Supporting clean streets and tidy-ups, through litter-picking and window-washing
  • Supporting vulnerable residents, with transport to hospital and donations of food
  • Promoting sustainable and healthy eating through spinach seed distribution
  • Supporting local care workers with care packages
  • Supporting local events, such as winter fair and school Christmas celebrations
  • Financial support for a ‘young city reads’ project
  • Delivering a public art project
  • Regular community meetings and communications via text, phone and web
  • Actively supporting local employment
  • Local training programmes, apprenticeships, upskilling adults, providing opportunities for young NEETs and ex-offenders
  • A focus on local procurement and supply-chain
  • Supporting local businesses and community groups with business advice and networking opportunities

With more than £13m in social value already achieved, the project is on course to meet its aims by delivering a development which benefits the community it serves in a meaningful and measurable way.