Situated on Brighton’s vibrant Ditchling Road, Kings Brighton is an international boutique college, with space for students to live and study. The college provides language courses, GCSE and A Level courses, and other pre-university preparation programmes for international students.
Formerly occupied by the Buxtons furniture store built in 1919, the four-storey building was demolished and replaced by a bespoke, mixed-use facility. The new basement level contains the canteen that opens onto an external, sunken courtyard, with teaching and ancillary student facilities provided at ground and first floor levels. Student bedrooms for 58 boarders sit above this, over two floors, and have been designed so that the overall room module aligns with well-proportioned corridor and classroom space underneath.
Sitting in close proximity to St Bartholomew’s Church, (reputed to be the tallest parish church in England) and aligned between Brighton’s London Road and Lewes Road regeneration corridors, the building faces one of the City’s most important public open spaces – The Level. The project responds positively to a range of excellent opportunities; both from a user and operational perspective, as well as the wider contribution to the City fabric.