Edward Street Quarter is a new 300,000ft² mixed-use project being developed in Brighton, UK, by a joint venture of First Base and Patron Capital. The project involves the redevelopment of the two-acre site, formally the location of American Express (AMEX), to create Grade A office space, 168 residential units, leisure and retail space, and a public realm.
The scheme, designed by BuckleyGreyYeoman, is inspired by Brighton’s eclectic street scene and will introduce 130 new trees and 45 plant species in three new public spaces created by renowned landscape designers Spacehub. An on-going project I have been commissioned to develop the public art strategy as part of the 106 condition. With the area’s rich local history and engaging with local residents and stakeholders a series of narrative briefs have been developed.
Three public art pieces have now been commissioned – two pieces involve artists who live locally in Brighton and the third an artist group from Spain. The first design which will be installed on the west-facing façade looking down Edward Street has been designed by Cosmo Sarson and is a giant rendition of Neptune which was his response to the original 'fisherfolk' theme. With the two other pieces one will form part of the Edward Street gateway and the other will be installed in the central space.
At the same time I have been commissioned to develop the place identity and wayfinding for the external, internal, landscape and building spaces which is also being developed to have synergy with the public artworks.