[cs_content][cs_section bg_image=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/about-us.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;min-height: 40vh;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;height: 100%;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;vertical-align: bottom;”][x_gap size=”30vh”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 65px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center header white-text”]Press Articles[/cs_text][x_line class=”break-line top-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”white-text” style=”padding-top: 20px;”]The Centurion Group and their high profile developments from Brighton and beyond have attracted the attention of the press on multiple occasions. Read extracts from a selection of articles below.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 10px 0px 50px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_wtwic-juice-fm-23.01.2013-thumb.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Juice 107.2 FM – ‘Want to Work in Construction’ scheme initiative launched[/cs_text][cs_text class=”white-text” style=”margin-top: 20px;”]Juice 107.2 FM announces that Centurion and HOP have teamed up with Albion in the Community and City College to run the ‘Want to Work in Construction’ initiative for unemployed people in April 2013.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_the-argus-lanes-scheme-submission-thumb.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – ‘£15m scheme for Lanes is unveiled'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]Following a successful and informative pre-application consultation stage at the end of 2012 and further pre-application discussions with Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton based property company Centurion Group and RBS Global Restructuring Group submitted plans for a comprehensive regeneration scheme in the heart of Brighton Lanes on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

RBS is seeking consent to build a new lane, to be named Hanningtons Lane, between Brighton Place and Meeting House Lane, replacing the old, part-derelict Hanningtons Department Store service yard and providing new links to North Street and Brighton Square. The scheme is to also include new residential and office accommodation. Simultaneously, Centurion is proposing to enhance and refurbish the Brighton Square portfolio, revitalising the 1960s buildings with a mixture of uses, including small unit retail, residential and a boutique hotel, accessed from Brighton Place.

Close co-operation between the two landowners, Brighton & Hove City Council and key local stakeholders is aiming to ensure that the separate applications work together under a strategic master plan, to regenerate the wider Lanes area.

Director in RBS Global Restructuring Group, Joss Brushfield said: “The proposed development will bring disused storage and service areas into economic use, generating jobs, attracting shoppers and tourists and creating economic and physical regeneration in the heart of Brighton. The design and quality need to be of the highest standards in order to make this work with the rest of the Lanes and we are working in close co-operation with local architects, Morgan Carn, local agents Ellis & Partners and development managers Landid to ensure that we deliver the very best development, as Brighton deserves”.

Director at Centurion Group, Ed Allison-Wright stated: “After a long year of due diligence and a successful pre-application consultation with traders and other key local stakeholders, providing valuable feedback that has enabled us to inform our design, we have submitted plans for a regeneration scheme that is aimed at marking the start of a new chapter for the heart of Brighton Lanes. In recent times, as I am regularly reminded by local traders, Brighton Lanes and particularly parts of the Brighton Square portfolio has lost some of its vibrancy and attraction, partly due to the success of the Cultural Quarter and North Laine, but also due to the lack of evolution and adaptation to the part derelict service yard to the North of us [the RBS ownership] and to our 1960s portfolio, Brighton Square, which has somewhat lost its spark in today’s market. Centurion Group’s connection with Brighton Square has spanned generations, as its original developer in the 1960s was Charles Hunnisett, the grandfather of our current Executive Chairman, Charles Draycott. We therefore seek to meet certain life-long ambitions for the group in relation to the Brighton Square portfolio, through implementing this scheme”.

John McLean, Director at Morgan Carn Partnership architects stated, “This is a tremendously exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a major rejuvenation that will transform this tired and rundown area into a high quality shopping and dining destination”.

Tony Mernagh, Executive Director of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, stated: “Much of the attention around physical developments in the city is focussed on the big sites like Toads Hole Valley and Hove Station but it is equally essential that the Old Town is able to hold its own in the city’s overall “offer”, particularly to the 8.5 million visitors that support a large part of the local economy. I am delighted to see neighbouring landowners Centurion and RBS submitting plans for the first new development in the Old Town for many years. It is an exciting opportunity that will very much complete a part of the jigsaw that is world famous Lanes”.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_argus-wtwic-22.01.2013-thumb.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – Partnership’s initiative to create jobs in construction[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]A new groundbreaking scheme which could eventually create up to 20 new jobs in the local construction industry has been launched at City College Brighton and Hove by senior industry figures and Albion in the Community.

The ‘Want to Work in Construction’ initiative, a free, week-long programme of seminars and workshops to be held at the American Express Community Stadium in April is aimed at job seekers and students looking for a career in the industry. The project is a partnership between Albion in the Community, City College, the Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP), Centurion Group and the Bouygues Group with support from a number of local construction companies.

The programme will see leading experts from the companies deliver a series of masterclasses on all aspects of construction covering project management of large development projects (including the Amex Stadium), the role of architects and civil engineers and sessions on sustainable design and ecology. The week will also include site visits to some of the city’s key development projects.

Attendees who impress employers the most during the week will be offered the employment opportunities which will be in the form of jobs, apprenticeships and work placements.

Jon Orrell, Director of the Hemsely Orrell Partnership in Hove said:

“We know that times are tough for people looking for work in construction, but we want to give young people today the same opportunities as we had when we got into the industry. Thanks to the support and commitment of the partners, this project will deliver real jobs and work opportunities locally.”

Donna Keenan, City College’s Managing Director of City Business Skills said:

“It’s great to see employers taking the lead and creating opportunities for people who are looking to work in construction. Particular praise should go to Jon Orrell from HOP and Ed Allison-Wright from Centurion for coming up with the concept and working in partnership to take it forward. It’s also very encouraging that we’re now getting considerable input and support for the project from a number of employers who are all committed to making a difference by supporting skills training and creating jobs in the City.”

Dick Knight, Chair of AITC added:

“This is a fantastic way for Want to Work to kick-off the year and where better for people to come and learn about construction than at the Amex Stadium which stands as a magnificent testament to the skills of the construction industry.”

Sixty places are available for the week-long programme which will run from April 8th – 12th. An open day where people can find out more about the programme and register for it is taking place at City College on Tuesday February 12th. A second open day is planned at the Amex Stadium in March.

You can also register online by visiting www.ccb.ac.uk/want-to-work-construction

Further information:

The Want to Work programme is an Albion in the Community initiative which works with partners in the private, public and voluntary sector across Sussex to get help get people across the region back into employment and training. Since it was launched in November 2011, the scheme has helped get 29 job seekers gain full-time jobs and generated 125 work placements.

Want to Work in construction is supported by City College and the following companies and organisations; Warings, Centurion, HOP, Leadbitter, Dorton Demolition, Buckinghams, Denne, Westridge, The Ecology Consultancy, EIA, CEP, GESL, MCP, ABIR, KSS Architects, Morgan Carn, Barratt, ECE, Northgates, RLF, SE Surveying, Crickmay, MacConvilles, HSE (Heath & Safety Executive), CIBSE, Freeman Beesley, ME Engineers and JWO / Parachute Regiment of Royal Engineers.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_wtwic-juice-fm-23.01.2013-thumb-1.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – ‘Regeneration plan for Brighton Square unveiled'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]A forgotten corner of the city is to get a new lease of life. Brighton-based developer Centurion Group and West Register, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, are working together to launch a regeneration scheme in the heart of The Lanes.

West Register is seeking consent to build a new lane between Brighton Place and Meeting House Lane. The work will take place in the old, part-derelict Hanningtons Department Store service yard, with a new link to North Street.

At the same time Centurion is looking to enhance and refurbish Brighton Square. The proposed scheme comprises elements of employment generating uses, including small unit retail, office, residential and a hotel. Close co-operation between the two landowners and with Brighton and Hove City Council is aiming to ensure that the two applications work together under a strategic masterplan to regenerate the whole area.

A public exhibition is to be held in the former Solutions store adjacent to Donatello restaurant in Brighton Place on Thursday from noon until 6pm.

Director at West Register, Joss Brushfield, said: “The proposed development will bring disused storage and service areas into economic use, generating jobs, attracting shoppers and tourists and creating economic and physical regeneration in the heart of Brighton. “The design and quality need to be of the highest standards in order to make this work with the rest of the Lanes and we are working in close cooperation with local architects, Morgan Carn, local agents Ellis & Partners and development managers Landid to ensure that we deliver the very best development, as Brighton deserves.”

Director at Centurion Group, Ed Allison-Wright, said: “This is a burning aspiration that we have been working towards since our acquisition of the Brighton Square portfolio at the beginning of this year. “Although the square is already performing better than it was on day one in January, it’s still clear that we currently suffer from the ‘worst house on the best road’ analogy.

“As such, we have continued to invest into and conduct comprehensive due diligence to explore what we can do, both as landlords and as devoted local residents, to create the sustainable, enduring asset to Brighton and Hove’s economy that Brighton Square holds the potential to be, whilst also aiming to provide a catalyst for future enhancement of the Old Town.

“Centurion Group’s connection with Brighton Square has spanned generations, as its original developer in the 1960s was Charles Hunnisett, the grandfather of our current chairman, Charles Draycott – we therefore seek to meet life-long ambitions for the group in relation to Brighton Square, through implementing this scheme.

“We look forward to discussing our ideas with local stakeholders and the general public in due course and hope that the support in progressing these aspirations continues to be strong.”

John McLean, director at Morgan Carn Partnership, said: “This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to be part of a major rejuvenation of an important destination within Brighton and Hove.”

Tony Mernagh, executive director of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said: “Much of the attention around physical developments in the city is focused on the big sites like Toads Hole Valley and Hove Station but it is equally essential that the Old Town is able to hold its own in the city’s overall ‘offer’, particularly to the 8.5 million visitors that support a large part of the local economy. It is an exciting opportunity that will very much complete a part of the jigsaw that is The Lanes.”[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_thumb-brighton-society.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Brighton Society – ‘Regeneration of The Lanes'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]The Centurion Group and West Register, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, are launching a scheme in the heart of Brighton’s Old Town.

The application site is located in the Old Town between North Street, Meeting House Lane and Brighton Place. It includes Hannington’s service yard and department store, Brighton Square and some of the buildings in the north-west corner of Brighton Place.

West Register will be seeking consent to build a new lane between Brighton Place and Meeting House Lane, in the old Hannington’s Department Store service yard, with a new link to North Street.

Centurion are intending to refurbish Brighton Square and are creating a new boutique hotel. We welcome the planting of semi-mature trees in Brighton Square and the new flats above the existing 2 storeys of flats around the Square. The Bright0n Society particularly welcomes the scale of this development which relates well to the scale of the Old Town.

Our one concern is the design of the new buildings at the entrance to Brighton Square from North Street, which appear to be fussy, twee and with poorly designed windows. The mathematical tile hung part above the entrance from North Street needs sensitive treatment and that the existing facade and structure of the North Street frontage above the new passage should be retained – not demolished.

The building is one of the oldest in North Street – the Hannington’s building was evidently built around it so it must be older than all the other buildings in this part of North Street. It has mathematical tiles – presumably connected to some remains of the original timber frame.

The proposal is to construct a new building with mathematical tiles. But mathematical tiles were used specifically to reclad timber buildings to give them the appearance of brick buildings. So is it logical to have a new building with mathematical tiles connected to a reinforced concrete or steel frame or even a blockwork inner skin – so that externally it looks like a brick building?

In terms of design is it acceptable to have a huge curved bay window stuck onto a small building so that it will “make a statement” and providing a “signpost” to the entrance? And with the Hannington’s building having only rectangular bay windows – why introduce a curved bay window on this imbedded replica old building.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_thumb-brighton-business.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Brighton Business – ‘An addition to the world famous Lanes'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]Local property company Centurion Group and Royal Bank of Scotland’s West Register development company are jointly proposing to complete the Lanes jigsaw by adding a new lane between Brighton Place and Meeting House Lane.

The new lane – called Hannington Lane – will occupy the site of the service yard of the old Hannington’s Department store which was converted back into individual shop units in 2002. The development will include small retail units in keeping with the current retail offer, office space and a new boutique hotel while retaining the existing car park under Brighton Square. The Square itself will be modernised and benefit from the addition of an extra storey.

Centurion Group acquired the Brighton Square property portfolio at the beginning of 2012. The service yard belongs to West Register. The proposed development will open up new pedestrian links between the Lanes and North Street next to a retail unit currently occupied by Cargo Homewares. Local architects Morgan Carn Partnership will be responsible for designing the scheme.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_thumb-argus-july.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – ‘Business Chiefs call for bold thinking on Brighton & Hove’s draft City Plan'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]Business chiefs call for bold thinking on Brighton and Hove’s draft city plan BHEP director says city has everything going for it ‘except space’ Business leaders have called for a council to take a bold and radical approach to planning over the next 20 years. The Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) has submitted its response to Brighton and Hove’s draft City Plan. The plan sets out the council’s strategic and spatial vision for the city. The first city plan was withdrawn in May 2010.

Tony Mernagh, executive director at the BHEP, said the plan attempts the impossible task of providing sufficient space for offices, homes, schools, parks, gardens, roads and infrastructure in a
city that has everything going for it except space.

He said: “The plan must balance economic growth in a time of unprecedented austerity with sustainability at a time of unprecedented danger for the planet and cater for a local population that has increased by 25,000 people over the past decade and shows no sign of slowing down. “Under these circumstances the city council’s planning officers have done a tremendous job in putting together a superior document involving hundreds of hours of consultation with stakeholders including two separate workshops with the Economic Partnership in November 2011 and April 2012.”

Ed Allison Wright, director at property developer the Centurion Group, based in Brighton Square, said: “The City Plan needs to be aspirational and bold in order for our geographically constrained but prosperous Brighton and Hove to win the investment we deserve as a ‘creative city’.“ Our goals are highly aspirational but readily achievable and this point needs to be portrayed in the forthcoming City Plan. “We fully support the majority of the plan, with revision required in relation to urban fringe, and timescales for meeting demand. In relation to central seafront, it is vital to encourage regeneration in the area immediately surrounding the proposed i360, through both revised infrastructure planning and through surrounding commercial uses.

“Central Brighton must have joined-up thinking with Brighton Station Gateway and infrastructure initiatives such as the old town traffic flow proposals which helps to encourage festivals, cultural, community activities.” Brighton and Hove is restricted in the amount of land available for housing development as it has the sea on one side and the South Downs National Park on the other.

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “What is different about the City Plan, compared with the first version of the core strategy, is that the council has carried out a full examination of projected housing need for the city and commissioned the Local Housing Requirements Study which showed a full requirement for the city of 16,000 to 19,000 homes. “From the projection of housing needs our preferred option is to set a local housing target for the city of 11,300 new homes to 2030. That includes the development of potentially 700 homes on Toads Hole Valley. The allocation of this site is important in helping us to put forward a sound plan to the Planning Inspector. “By identifying sites to deliver housing for the first ten years of the plan, the council has demonstrated how it will meet the demand for homes and is working with other councils on helping to meet the shortfall. Looking at the viability of development has led to a number of changes to the Plan and will help to ensure the proposals are more deliverable and realistic.” The final version of the plan will be published early in 2013 and go for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in September 2013 for adoption in January 2014.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_question-time-centurion-argus-article.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – ‘Developers praise Brighton & Hove Planners’ flexible attitude'[/cs_text][cs_text class=”white-text” style=”margin-top: 20px;”]”Developers praise Brighton & Hove Council’s flexible attitude” at Sprunt & Centurion Group’s Question Time Debate on the City Plan, in association with Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership. “Developers Praise Brighton & Hove Planner’s Flexible Attitude” – The Argus 06.06.2012

[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_toads-hole-valley-thumb.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – Centurion’s Ed Allison-Wright comments on Toad’s Hole Valley[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]”Perhaps I should start by reminding everyone of the sobering reality for Toads Hole Valley (THV). It WILL, one way or another, be developed; it’s privately owned land and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) enacted in March of this year, will promote a presumption in favour of sustainable development on land such as this; the same land that, back in April 2009, failed to make the cut for inclusion into the 164,000 hectare, South Downs National Park (SDNP). Whether we like it or not, the ship has well and truly sailed in terms of preserving this site as it stands. It is of course completely understandable that local residents have concerns for the site, let’s face it, who wouldn’t?! We do however have a unique opportunity here; the council’s pro-active endeavours have successfully established a strong dialogue with the landowners, a seat at a table we weren’t necessarily invited to be at; giving us a voice that can actively make any prospective development for this land malleable to the city and local residents’ needs.

In the final draft of the Brighton & Hove City Plan (Core Strategy), it is openly concluded that our housing demand is impossible to meet over the course of the next twenty years. Our ambitious, yet not ambitious enough housing target in this timeframe is to deliver 11,315 homes in respect of the 19,000 that are likely to be required. To rub salt in the wound, these population projections have been based on 2010 figures; which, in light of a 2011 census, don’t account for around 15,000 ‘extra’ Brighton & Hove residents. So if it wasn’t intimidating enough already, perhaps the 19,000 should be more like 21-22,000. Did I forget to mention that the modest housing delivery figure of 11,315 homes would be an even less sufficient 10,615 homes if THV was not to be developed? Again, we must eliminate any vision for the site remaining an unofficial motocross course and embrace sustainable development.

Of course, our concerns don’t stop with housing supply, we are also in desperate need of a new secondary school within the foreseeable future and it certainly will take a rocket scientist to identify where such a school could be sited if it wasn’t to be at THV. If Brighton & Hove is going to attract the inward investment we deserve, we require an adequate number of good quality school places to feed prospective growth.

The 40 hectare (98 acre) site of THV has the potential to be a significant asset for our City, not just through new development either; let’s not forget that the western slope of THV has a designated Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI), which isn’t effectively appreciated at present, nor has there been a readily accessible link provided to the SDNP which transgresses the A27 from this land. These public realm improvements could be provided through development of the site.

We must capitalise on the opportunity before us, which is the benefit of choice. Not choices of pro-development or no development, but a choice of WHAT development. We often too easily refer to the negative aspects of development, rather than the positive enhancements it can offer us all. We must therefore crystallise a wish list for this site that is sensitive to local residents needs and comprises multi-use community facilities, employment space and public realm provision, whilst also addressing our critical housing and education needs.

Toads Hole Valley must move forward.”[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_latest-homes-article-12.06.2012.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Latest Homes Magazine – ‘Centurion Group host City Plan Question Time'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]Following on from their recent successful event at Hotel Du Vin, Centurion Group ran a City Plan Question Time debate at Brighton College on 31 May.

Entitled Generating Future Investment for Our City, this event focussed on the regeneration and development aspects of the Brighton & Hove City Plan.

Set up by the local landlord and property company, Centurion Group together with Sprunt, London architect and development consultant, the aim of these regular events is to create interest and investment for the city.

Each event promotes discussion of current issues within the local property market: making new contacts, hearing about the latest initiatives and ideas from around the country, and most importantly, promoting the city of Brighton & Hove.

For more information on future events, please contact Ed Allison-Wright, Centurion Group.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_brighton-business-article-2.2.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Brighton Business – ‘City Plan debate at Brighton College'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]London architects, Sprunt and local property company, Centurion Group facilitated a question time debate last night on the regeneration and development aspects of the Brighton & Hove City Plan, at Brighton College, in association with Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership.

Attended by some high profile global developers and a number of key local stakeholders and local MP Caroline Lucas, the City Plan Question Time was excellently chaired by the MD of Brighton & Hove Bus Company, Roger French OBE DL.

Panel members were Martin Randall [Brighton & Hove City Council’s Head of Planning & Public Protection], Colin Monk [Pro-Vice Chancellor Brighton University], regeneration expert Scott Marshall [This is Regeneration Ltd], Selma Montford MBE [The Brighton Society] and Paul Westbrook [Brighton College].

The debate featured a range of site specific topics, including the i360 project, the future of Brighton Marina, the further community engagement that Brighton College can provide and the innovative methods that the council are taking to address strategic sites that have failed to come to fruition.

Robert Sprunt, Executive Chairman at Sprunt said “Two years ago, Sprunt recognised the opportunity to work with a credible and well respected local company, Centurion Group, and our relationship has gone from strength to strength with the sole aim of creating sustainable developments for Brighton and Hove. This debate was designed to assist the council in its public consultation on the Core Strategy and for the private sector to get first hand answers on the way forward for development in Brighton & Hove”.

Ed Allison-Wright, Director at Centurion Group added “I was delighted to see such a great turnout of both global developers and key local stakeholders at our joint event. The debate has been filmed and our intention is to present this to the general public for greater community-wide engagement with an exciting and passionate debate. This consultation period is a prime opportunity for us [the local community] to contribute to our City’s future and I urge anyone with a concern or opinion to comment throughout this consultation process.”

Tony Mernagh, Executive Director of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership stated “The City Plan is one of the most vital documents to come before the business community for consultation. Its effects will be felt for the next two decades and it is essential that we get it right. This is an excellent opportunity to interrogate the draft before it becomes reality”.

Paul Westbrook, Bursar and Deputy Headmaster of Brighton College, said: “We are very glad to have hosted this event and to have had the opportunity to engage with both the council and the wider community in debating what will be such an important framework for Brighton over the next 20 years. We find much to applaud in the proposals. For the College itself, given our continued growth and desire to expand our facilities by setting the best in contemporary architecture alongside our beautiful listed buildings, it is very pleasing to see support for such developments. More generally, we believe the council’s green agenda is laudable.”[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_brightonians-2.2.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Old Brightonians – City Plan ‘Question Time’ at Brighton College[/cs_text][cs_text class=”white-text” style=”margin-top: 20px;”]On 31st May 2012 Brighton College hosted an important debate about the future redevelopment of the city of Brighton & Hove. Some 100 guests, including Caroline Lucas MP, Councillor Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, as well as architects and developers from across London and the South East, packed the Rose Lecture Theatre for the ‘City Plan Question Time’.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/brightonians-1.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Old Brightonians – ‘Brighton Trio Sets the Trend'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]Old Brightonian, and local property consultant, Ed Allison-Wright (D. 2001-06), Director at Centurion Group has recently launched the Brighton & Hove Regeneration initiative with leading global construction and services group Bouygues and their UK subsidiary, Warings.

Local landlord and property company Centurion Group, together with London architect and development consultant Sprunt, are assisting Warings in establishing a presence in the seaside city. Ed explains “Brighton & Hove has a high level of demand for quality residential space and student accommodation and continues to raise its game in promoting to investors, purchasers, particularly first time buyers to enter into the market”.

Allison-Wright continues with support for Bouygues and Warings, “We are faced with a fantastic opportunity where a global developer has identified interest in our City. Bouygues has an unparalleled level of financial backing, experience and approach to corporate social responsibility, which can pioneer these previously lost and discarded opportunities. Centurion and Sprunt are delighted to play a part in helping this to happen”.

A series of quarterly events have been scheduled to bring together the public and private sectors, in order to generate ideas put forward by the local community; local authorities and other stakeholders.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/thumb_thumb-brighton-business-article-28.3.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Brighton Business Forum – ‘Global construction player expresses interest in Brighton & Hove'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]In a testament to the vibrancy and potential of the city, leading global construction & services group Bouygues and their UK subsidiary, Warings, are exploring opportunities for development in Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas within the south-east.

Local property company Centurion Group [which owns Brighton Square], together with London architect and development consultant Sprunt, are assisting Warings in establishing a presence in the city.

Philippe Jouy – Managing Director, Warings said, “Warings is currently working throughout the South to establish new development opportunities. In Brighton & Hove, we see a vibrant city with great potential for investment. Utilising our global expertise, combined with a focussed local approach, we aim to leave a positive legacy on both the city’s built environment and the community who live and work here. We look forward to this fascinating new challenge.”

Through this partnership, the trio have been inspired to set up a local networking event which will bring together the public and private sectors to assist in driving and responsibly delivering the Brighton & Hove plan.

Local property consultant, Ed Allison-Wright, Director at Centurion Group and co-leader of this newly launched Brighton & Hove Regeneration initiative stated, “Brighton & Hove has a high level of demand for quality residential space and student accommodation and continues to raise its game in promoting to investors, purchasers, particularly first time buyers to enter into the market”

“Bouygues has an unparalleled level of financial backing, experience and approach to corporate social responsibility, which can pioneer previously lost and discarded opportunities. Centurion and Sprunt are delighted to play a part in helping this to happen”.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px 0px 10px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/press-argus.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]The Argus – ‘Generating Future Investment in Brighton & Hove'[/cs_text][cs_text class=”white-text” style=”margin-top: 20px;”]”Property developers The Centurion Group in association with Warings-Bouygues and Sprunt held a networking event on ‘Generating Future Investment in Brighton’ at the Hotel du Vin in Ship Street, Brighton.” Biz Life – The Argus[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line class=”break-line” style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 20px auto 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://centuriongroupuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/latest-homes-march-2012.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”press-image”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”3/4″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”white-text header press-header”]Latest Homes Magazine – ‘Team work'[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click to open/close article” open=”false” class=”white-text plain-accordion press-accordion”]”Local landlord and property company Centurion Group, together wilth London architect and development consultant Sprunt, are assisting leading global construction and services group Bouygues and their UK subsidiary, Warings, in establishing a presence here in Brighton and Hove.

A local networking event was held to launch the group’s plans at Hotel Du VIn on 15 March. Quarterly networking events have been scheduled to bring together the public an dprivate sectors, in order to generate ideas put forward by the local community, local authoorities and other stake holders.” Latst People feature in Latest Homes.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]