Boxpark is coming to Brighton

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Boxpark is poised to come to Brighton after plans were submitted to the local council for a regeneration of city’s iconic beachfront.

In what would mark Boxpark’s first location outside of London, the shipping container retail and leisure company has submitted plans to Brighton & Hove City Council for a development of the neglected Madeira Terrace arches.

The project will reportedly see the area transformed into a beachfront development, incorporating independent retail and leisure stores alongside a new hotel operator, and creating hundreds of new jobs.

It aims to transform the 151 Grade II listed arches, which run half a mile along Brighton sea front, into a “year round retail and leisure destination”.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with Brighton & Hove City Council, local stakeholders and businesses and our development partners over the next 12 months to explore how we bring the Boxpark concept to Brighton, whilst retaining the architecture and heritage that our seafront is synonymous with,” Boxpark founder Roger Wade, who lives in Brighton, said.

Chalk Architects director Paul Nicholson, who worked with Wade to design the new space, said: “Further to developing a concept to save the Madeira Arches in 2015, we have had an ongoing constructive engagement with the local community about our ideas via our social media.

“In response to significant public interest the scheme has evolved over time into a dynamic proposal of new and enhanced public space wrapping around leisure, hospitality and commercial office use.

“Working with the Boxpark team has transformed the scheme into an exceptionally exciting prospect.”

Boxpark currently operates from two locations in London in Shoreditch and Croydon, with its third and largest space set from launch in Wembley later this year.

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