Development will include more than 140 new homes and a dance centre

Work has begun on a £130m Shedkm-designed project to transform the site of an old fruit and vegetable market in Brighton.

Located on the south coast city’s Circus Street, the scheme for developer U+I will see the construction of 142 new homes, 450 student bedrooms, 2,790 sq m of business space, and a new dance centre.

Most of the project’s buildings will be between six and eight storeys tall, although the student tower will reach 13 storeys.

Richard Upton, deputy chief executive of U+I, said: “This truly mixed-use project will transform a long-overlooked site, creating a vibrant new place and bringing substantial cultural and socioeconomic benefits to this creative and energetic city.”

Completion of the scheme is expected by spring 2020.