The New England Quarter
The Brighton Wheel, Madeira Drive, Brighton
A mixed development comprising housing, hotel and commercial uses on a site that in previous times was the railway locomotive works and associated terrace housing.The site was derelict for many years, but it had the potential for a major contribution to the particular urban fabric of Brighton.
It is to be hoped that future generations will see this major development as worthwhile.
A showcase of some of the fine secular architecture of Brighton.
The Brighton Centre & Kingswest
New Road, Brighton
Waterloo Street Arch
The Waterloo Street Arch, restored in 1986, was not always so stylish; originally the entrance through to the Brunswick Market, later a Riding School and ultimately grocery storage and sometime bacon smokehouse, it was in this sorry state (see 1974 photo below).
Designed by Wells Coates and constructed 1934-1935, on the site of Western House.
Streamlined Modern Movement, it incorporated many innovations and stands as a uncompromising monument to the zeitgeist.
As many serious critics have mentioned, it is a good building in the wrong place.
For complex reasons the building fell into disrepair during the 1990s and was rescued by the efforts of residents; remedial works were carried out by Paul Zara of Conran and Partners, 2004–2006.
The Astoria Cinema, Gloucester Place, Brighton
For a view of the site, before the cinema.
The Astoria, opened in 1933; designed by Edward Stone for E. E. Lyons, with art deco interiors by Henri and Laverdet.
Closed as a cinema in 1977; became a bingo hall, and closed completely in 1997.
Now, in 2010, redevelopment proposals are being made for the site