Future Thinking Moulsecoomb Place Brighton

People in Brighton & Hove are invited to come together and have their say on the future of the 18th century Moulsecoomb Place and gardens near Moulsecoomb Station on the Lewes Road.

A ‘Future Thinking’ fun day and public exhibition is being held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July on the lawns at Moulsecoomb Place, by owners Cathedral Group.

In partnership with Brighton Festival, the spectacular Riwaq, which was on Hove Lawns in May, is being reconstructed on the Moulsecoomb Place lawns and there will be free music and family entertainments as well as food provided by The Bevy.

Cathedral Group acquired the site, which includes the Grade II Listed Manor House and Tithe Barn and some neighbouring student blocks, from the University of Brighton.

Working closely with Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Brighton, Cathedral is exploring options to restore the Grade II listed buildings and gardens, with enabling development on the neighbouring student accommodation.

Richard Upton, CEO of Cathedral Group, said, “Please bring your families and join us on the lawns, meet the team working on the project and share your thoughts on our work in progress.

“Our goal is to enhance the old buildings and gardens, making the whole site more accessible right up to Moulsecoomb Station, and create a sustainable and lively place which brings benefit to the local community and the wider city.”

Early ideas include a food-related hub, that could provide a space for innovative, purposeful organisations working in the food sector in the city, enabling innovation, collaboration and the emergence of a new, more sustainable approach to food.

The project team is exploring these ideas with local businesses and organisations to ensure this project has a positive social and economic impact for Moulsecoomb and the wider area, and also want to hear from local residents on how they would like to use the gardens and enjoy this public asset.

The public consultation will also be open online from 16th to 31st July including a survey to submit comments at www.moulsecoombplace.com

A second exhibition with more detailed proposals will be held later in the year, with a view to submitting a planning application to regenerate the site.

‘Future Thinking’ fun day and public exhibition: 11am-4pm on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Moulsecoomb Place, Lewes RoadBrighton BN2 4GA

The Riwaq is designed by architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz. It was originally commissioned for Brighton Festival 2022, a collaboration with structural engineers Webb Yates, fabricated by SetWorks.

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