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After a lengthy period of trying to gain planning permission, works for the Brighton Marina development were put on hold following the financial downturn in 2008. Construction works recommenced in 2013 and Phase I of the project has now been completed with most of the properties sold and the commercial spaces up and running.

Phase II has begun

Work has started on Phase II of the Brighton Marina Development where Midgard Ltd have taken over from Bam Nuttal to begin creating the cofferdam to create a dry area where the foundations can rise. The cofferdam is due to be completed and drained of water and silt by the end of June 2017. Piling work will then be scheduled for completion during the winter months and then work can begin on the foundations for the 40 storey tower, dubbed the “roaring forties”, and the two adjacent 9 and 6 storey blocks which will ultimately house 244 units.

Unhappy residents

The 40 storey tower has been the subject of much controversy; mostly as it breaches a long-standing agreement that no new buildings will exceed the height of the nearby cliff face. There have been numerous petitions and attempts to overturn the planning permission, however the council has ruled that the works will go forward to the dismay of local residents.

Improving Brighton’s landscape

The Brighton Marina development is part of a larger effort by Brighton and Hove Council to improve and regenerate the seafront, with investments totalling over £1billion. The Brighton Marina development accounts for £250million of that sum and will provide 853 flats in total, 40% of which are to be “affordable homes”, a welcome addition if Brighton is to have a hope of meeting its target of 30,000 new homes built by 2030. Large commercial spaces will also be offered to cater to new residents and attract more visitors to the Marina. Phase I of the development created an additional 300 jobs for the local area and Phase II is expected to create even more.

Say goodbye to the concrete car park 

Whilst the Brighton Marina is only 60 years old, it has arguably not aged well. The concrete multi-storey car park is an eyesore and will thankfully be demolished in favour of underground car parks offering 496 spaces, a more functional and aesthetically appealing solution. The Brighton Marina development has also proposed 16,500m2 of leisure facilities to create a more elegant pedestrian experience as well as creating new bridges linking the Marina wall to the newly completed jetty area. Clearly the developers plan to make the most of this space located in one of Britain’s most idyllic locations. The Brighton Marina is due to be completely finished around 2020 and it will form a key part of the wider redevelopment of Brighton’s seafront and will hopefully give people yet another reason to visit Brighton.