MWA were appointed to prepare designs for the extensive redevelopment of this 7-storey office block in Brighton. Prior to the mid-20th Century, the site was occupied by a series of terraced properties, such as those that still survive opposite the office building. After the 1950s, the area gave way to much larger scale commercial buildings including the construction of Crown House, which was known at the time as the Employment Exchange.
MWA worked up proposals for a new build residential (C1/C3 Use Class) scheme, which was more in keeping with the low-rise domestic scale of the north side of the street. Active retail uses were accommodated at ground floor and 74no self-contained apartment on upper floors.
An internal courtyard was introduced to ensure all dwellings receive sufficient daylight and ventilation, along with external private terraces.
Size 71,500 SQ.FT
Client MHA London
Daylight Consultant Malcolm Hollis
Approved Inspector Assent BC