View proposals and vote for Lively Cities project

Ann Street/Providence Place Gardens (Lively Cities project)

Brighton & Hove Council invites you to view proposals and vote for your favourite

Earlier this year, Brighton & Hove City Council invited proposals to transform an underused piece of open space in Brighton – Ann Street and Providence Place Gardens to make it more welcoming and attractive.

Five different possible proposals to transform the Ann Street/Providence Place Gardens area in Brighton will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, 3 May.

The shortlisted schemes were selected from 38 wide-ranging proposals from architects, designers, artists and events specialists and will be on display at St Bartholomew’s Church on 3 May (12pm to 4.30pm) and 4 May (9am-4.30pm) for people to vote on their favourites.

Other exhibition dates and venues are:

  • City College (Pelham Street reception): 9 May 2012 (9am-5pm);
  • Gazebo in Providence Place Gardens (the park in front of St Bartholomew’s Church): 11 May (9am-4pm) and 12 May (10am-4pm); and
  • Online at

The five designs are from the following practices:

  • Dallas Pierce Quintero
  • Philip Cave Associates
  • PiP Partnership
  • Plan Projects; and
  • Sustrans

Exhibition results will be reported to the Selection Panel in order to inform their choice of a winner at the end of May.

The winning design will be announced in June and given a trial run in September, with the most successful features becoming permanent fixtures.

The Ann Street / Providence Place Gardens scheme is part of the Lively Cities project, which receives financial assistance from the European Union through the INTERREG IVB programme.

Reminder: Green Architecture Day 2012 this Saturday

Always informative and fun, this year’s GAD is on Saturday.

The blurb: Talks by designers, practitioners and professionals run in partnership with Low Carbon Trust and in association with RESET

Saturday 17 March 2012, 9:45am to 5pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building, Brighton, BN2 0JY

More at Brighton Permaculture Trust website

Building Green is at Ecobuild 2012

James is chairing a seminar on green building at this year’s Ecobuild, and Adam is speaking. It’s the largest sustainable building event in the world, over 2 days at Excel in London.

Get down there – and if you’re around for the seminar, say hello!

We’ll be at the Sustainable Self Build and Renovation stream, South Gallery 21&22, Wednesday 21 March. The seminar is ‘Going for Growth’ at 4.30.

Adam’s presentation is on building biodiversity into new build project design.

Invitation: improve Ann Street / Providence Place Gardens

Dear Sir/Madam,


Brighton & Hove City Council is inviting architects, designers, artists and/or event programmers (including collaborations between professionals within and outside the UK) to bid for a commission for up to €50.000 (fifty thousand Euros) for the pilot design that transforms and enhances people’s experience of the Ann Street / Providence Place Gardens area of Brighton.

This is part of the INTERREG IVB Lively Cities (LICI) project to turn the street and small park in front of the majestic St Bartholomew’s Church into a successful and well-used space. The area is part of the wider regeneration of the London Road area of the city.

The pilot will be tested out this autumn, with the most successful features becoming permanent fixtures.

The commission involves a three stage selection process: pre-qualification, short-list of 5 proposals and invitation to tender of the 5 short-listed.

Five ideas will be shortlisted in March and the applicants asked to develop detailed proposals for a public exhibition at the end of April. A selection panel will choose the winner at the end of May. The public will have the chance to vote for their favourite via an exhibition in early May which will inform the final decision.

To help applicants better understand how the project area currently works as well as the concerns and aspirations of present and potential future users, the council has produced supporting documents that details information gathered via a series of consultation events and site assessment work carried out between July and December 2011.

For general, up to date information on the Brighton & Hove Lively Cities project please visit

For information on the competition, related documentation and guidance on how to apply please visit from the 12 January 2012 onwards the South East Business Portal on the Improving Efficiency South East Website ( Applicants will need to search for ‘Opportunities’ against Brighton and Hove Council from this website to access the relevant Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), and submit it according to the timescales in the document.

The deadline for submissions is 29 February 2012, 5pm.

Please note that submissions entered after this date will not be evaluated, and all relevant material required to support your submission should be sent to the relevant contact.

For additional information please email or call us on (01273) 292352.


Kind regards,




Paula Goncalves

Senior Planning Officer

Planning Projects Team

Brighton & Hove City Council

Brighton hospital planning consultation open

Formal consultation is open on the hospital development, closing 8 November.

This is a vital time in the planning process and has a genuine influence on the outcome of the decision.

In the scheme of things, the roof gardens and terraces are a minor consideration when lives are at stake from the lack of a decent trauma unit – but views of natural green space are known to speed recovery, so there should be a benefit to patients in future.

See the Council’s website for further information and details of how to comment on the redevelopment plans:

The reference numbers for the applications are follows:

* Main Application – BH2011/02886

* Listed Building Application (Bristol Gates) – BH2011/02887

* Listed Building Application (Chapel) – BH2011/02888

Lively Cities invite for Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council is taking part in the ‘Lively Cities’ (LICI) programme. This is a four-year project receiving financial assistance from the European Union, aimed at improving the area around the bottom end of Ann Street, including Providence Place Gardens (the small park near London Rd; opposite St Bartholomew’s Church/below Sainsbury’s).
More information about LICI and the Brighton & Hove site is provided in the attached newsletter and in the council website (
In order to identify and take on board the priorities and needs of local communities and stakeholders for the area, the council will be running a series of workshops at the BEMCP Centre (10A Fleet Street. Brighton. BN1 4ZE).
The council would like those who have a particular interest in the project area to attend one of three workshops that will take place on the following dates/times:
§ Workshop 1: Monday 17 October, 12.00-2.30pm
§ Workshop 2: Monday 17 October, 5.30-8.00pm
§ Workshop 3: Friday 21 October, 12.00-2.30pm
You can sign up for the workshops by responding to this email or by phone 01273 292352 by no later than Wednesday 12 October 2011.
The number of spaces will be limited due to venue size, so it is possible that we may not be able to accept everyone that is interested if the demand is too great. If this is the case, we will ensure that anyone with an interest is informed of future wider consultation events associated with the project and how they can take part. We will get back to everyone who has applied to take part in one of the workshops as soon as possible after 12 October and advise if you have a place and the date you have been allocated.
Please note that part of the workshop will involve participants being taken out in small groups of about five to the Ann St/Providence Gardens site to assess the quality, safety and other aspects of the area. Each group will be led and guided by a council officer who has been trained in the exercise which does not involve the need for participants to have any prior knowledge or any particular expertise. We hope that the exercise will be interesting and stimulating to all participants. The results will inform the preparation of a competition for ideas to improve the area.
We will provide further information on the exercise at the workshop, but would be grateful if you would note the weather on the day and come appropriately attired for going outdoors. Please advise me in advance if you have any mobility problems or other needs that we will need to take into account.
Sandwiches and refreshments will be available.
Yours sincerely,

Alan Buck
Planning Projects Manager

Paula Goncalves on behalf of Alan Buck
Senior Planning Officer
Planning Projects Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall, room 414
Norton Road, Hove