Some inspiring examples of greening the built-up environment of The Living Coast exist, from Victorian green walls to modern buildings with green wildflower roofs. You can visit the following:
Linklater Pavilion, Lewes Railway Land - innovative environment centre with green roof
Earthship, Stanmer - the first in England, with rainwater harvesting and natural wastewater treatment
One Brighton, New England quarter - with sky garden allotments & green walls
Madeira Drive, Brighton seafront – one of the oldest and certainly the longest green wall in Europe!
Regency Square, Brighton seafront – large green roof park over underground car park
The Level café, Brighton – a recent green roof (pictured above)
Crew Club, Whitehawk – landscaped green roofs
New England quarter, by Brighton station – green walls planted
Phoenix ‘container housing’, by Preston Circus – wonderful wildflower roofs
Take a look at our top tips for urban places to explore in The Living Coast area, as follows:
Preston Park - a historic Victorian park with the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award; discover the ‘Preston Twins’ - the two largest English Elm trees in the world!
Hollingbury Hill - absorb the panoramic view of the Biosphere, from the closest area of the South Downs National Park, where the countryside comes to town
Stanmer Park - roam around this historic landscaped parkland, Brighton’s countryside estate and gateway to the Downs and a favourite place to get away to
A number of locations are the subject of significant new built developments (with some environmental measures incorporated) in The Living Coast in 2018, including:
Preston Barracks, Brighton – a mixed use £150M development by U+I plc on 4 hectares of brownfield land to create a high-tech manufacturing ‘Central Research Laboratory’, 369 new homes, and new university buildings.
Circus Street, Brighton – redevelopment of the former municipal market site through a public-private partnership to build a sustainable mixed use development for completion in 2019, with new university facilities, 142 new homes, office and retail space and a SE Dance studio; environmental elements include green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing.
Toads Hole Valley, Hangleton – a 37 hectare greenfield site on the urban fringe for future proposed development, with planning policy guidance for 700+ homes, significant new employment space and a new school also.
Shoreham Harbour – major regeneration initiative under the Joint Area Action Plan for brownfield land to be redeveloped across multiple sites as sustainable mixed-use schemes to deliver 1400 new homes and significant new employment space alongside the working port, together with environmental improvements according to a green infrastructure strategy.
North Street Quarter, Lewes – redevelopment of riverside ex-industrial brownfield land to build 400 new homes, plus business space and community facilities; environmental elements include new SUDS
Town Centre, Newhaven – plans for a £38M mixed-use regeneration scheme as part of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, including new commercial space and 90 new homes; green urban landscaping measures are proposed
A number of networks are active in the different parts of The Living Coast:
Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum – a volunteer organisation set up in 2017 to provide an independent voice and communication hub for community groups working in local parks and open spaces.
Green Havens network –brings together volunteer groups in coastal Lewes District, from Saltdean to Seaford, and has developed with support from the Sussex Community Development Association since 2017.
Adur and Worthing Green Spaces Partnership – a forum for community and friends of groups who maintain or manage local green (or blue) spaces across Adur and Worthing districts.
South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service – a voluntary organisation with over 500 members that works in partnership with the National Park Authority to look after and help to conserve the South Downs.