Brighton University Built Environment Students Visit Circus Street

U+I’s development team at Circus Street, Brighton this week opened their virtual doors to first year Built Environment students from the University of Brighton’s Environment and Technology School.

Lecturers from the course were allowed access to the site to create a behind the scenes video and former student from the same course, Alexandra Duffy (picture), who is now Assistant Project Manager for U+I Plc at Circus Street, gave a live online presentation and answered questions alongside Project Director Steven Lee-Sang.

Alexandra Duffy said, “One of the most exciting things for me when I was a first year student was site visits and students have had a really tough year with covid restrictions, unable to do so many of the things I took for granted then, so I was glad to offer this opportunity and think that the students enjoyed it.

“Our presentation covered the planning, design, construction methodology and site logistics employed at Circus Street, as well as looking at the challenges we have had to consider, particularly in relation to being such a large mixed use site in a city centre, with neighbours close by.”

Replacing the derelict old municipal market building and former car park, the 2.4 acre Circus Street site designed by architects ShedKM includes 142 new homes, 450 student rooms, a six storey 30,000 sq ft office space and The Dance Space, a new home for South East Dance, built around landscaped public squares.

Fadi Castronovo and Noel Painting, Senior Lecturers from University of Brighton, said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to U+I Plc for allowing us to visit the Circus Street development and produce a short virtual tour film for our Built Environment 1st year students at the University of Brighton.

“The online guest lecture and presentation to students by Steven Lee-Sang, Project Director, and Alexandra Duffy, Assistant Project Manager and a former Brighton Building Surveying graduate, was really interesting and very well received.

“In what has been a challenging year, particular for our students, this opportunity provided a really valuable insight into the skills and challenges in the development and construction at Circus Street, which on completion will be a fantastic landmark project for the City and its community.”

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