Edward Street Quarter is a new, vibrant, mixed-use project partnership from McLaren Construction, First Base and Patron Capital.

McLaren was appointed to redevelop former Amex House - the former European headquarters of American Express, to deliver Edward Street Quarter. Once complete, the new development will deliver 170,000 sq ft of Grade A offices, alongside space for independent coffee shops and restaurants. The project will also include 168 new homes, comprising a mix of private and affordable units to meet local demand.

The scheme, designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman, is inspired by Brighton’s eclectic street scene, and will introduce new, high-quality public realm, with three new green public spaces created by renowned landscape designers Spacehub, bringing forward sustainable initiatives that are embodied by the city’s residents.

The residential, leisure and commercial development will be situated in six modern buildings surrounded by landscaped public realm. The project will employ over 1,000 people on site over the duration of the development and support up to 2,000 FTA jobs when complete.

A project update from our Operations Director

Over £9 million of benefits to the city in the first year of construction

Edward Street Quarter implemented over £9 million of benefits to the city in its first year of construction, despite COVID-19 challenges.

Since work began on site in November 2019, we have worked closely alongside our customer First Base and Patron Capital to deliver an ongoing social value action plan. Our focus has been on local employment and training, including voluntary support services to the unemployed such as CV advice and mock-up interviews.

Earlier in the year, we held a construction skills certification event for disadvantaged youths, providing them with a unique opportunity to develop the skills, confidence and credentials needed to success in a career in the construction industry.

In addition, we have targeted local businesses to partner with through our supply chain, ensuring the scheme benefits the local economy and adds significant value to the wider community.

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Jay Newman
Jay NewmanManaging Director of McLaren's South Division

We are working closely with First Base, our supply chain and the local community to create much-needed homes, shops and public realm that Brightonians can really enjoy.

Edward Street Quarter is the fourth major construction project we have secured in the centre of Brighton in the last six years and it continues to be a pleasure working closely with Brighton & Hove City Council, local people and Brighton’s business network to bring meaningful, impactful buildings to the city.