Brighton Station

The new public realm to the south of Brighton Station was completed in the summer of 2015 and is now fully operational. This complex project included the redesign of a small bus station on Terminus Place and the reorganisation of traffic movements and servicing on Upper Gloucester Road, Junction Road, Surrey Street and Queens Road to allow a new streetscape to be created.

Urban movement were commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) to develop designs from the conceptual level, through extensive public consultation, to detailed design. They were then retained through the technical design and construction stages, working closely with BHCC Highways and their term contractor RJ Dance.

Conceptually, the design creates a new positive and legible arrival/departure experience for train passengers along with an improved townscape to the benefit of the local community. A new clutter free forecourt was laid out using a locally quarried hard sandstone (similar to Yorkstone) in a `plank' form, laid north to south, to reinforce the route to the sea. The bus stop area was remodelled, to create a smaller footprint, whilst retaining the previous operational capacity, to provide safe step-free access to the buses. Bus shelters have been upgraded throughout and a widened footway and shelter outside the Railway Bell pub has been introduced.  The taxi rank has remained in its original position but has a simplified access/egress arrangement. A large number of hardwood and cast aluminium seats, with backs and arm rests, were installed on the forecourt allowing it function as genuine public space for the first time.

A small one-way traffic gyratory system was introduced to allow footways to be widened on Queens Road, the primary route to the sea front. The footways were also able to accommodate new trees, seats, cycle stands and bus shelters. Footway level loading bays were inset between the trees to allow convenient and safe servicing. A contra-flow cycle lane was installed on Queens Road to provide access to the new cycle hub in the station.

Similarly, Surrey Street was reduced from two to one traffic lane to accommodate tree planting, cycle parking and loading. The loading bay was detailed in granite setts fashioned from the kerbs salvaged from the street.

The redesigned junction on Upper Gloucester Road allowed the north-south pedestrian crossing to be narrowed considerably and footpaths to be widened. The widened footways, with permeable gravel verges, now host tables and chairs from adjacent cafes as well as trees and cycle stands. A large semi-mature Elm tree, with a hardwood circular seat around the trunk, was planted as a centrepiece to the space.

Decorative lighting columns throughout the area were replaced with smaller and simpler LED units. The footways were surfaced in pre-cast concrete slabs and concrete `Tegula' blocks for the inset loading bays with kerbs throughout in granite. The bus stops on the forecourt were paved in a high rigidity block paver, with a granite aggregate finish, engineered to withstand heavy vehicle turning movements.


  • Project Name

    Brighton Station

  • Location


  • Category

    Masterplanning and urban design

  • Landscape Architect

    Urban Movement

  • Client

    Brighton and Hove City Council

  • Brief

    To provide a new positive and legible arrival/departure experience for train passengers along with an improved townscape to the benefit of the local community which promotes walking and cycling to the station.


  • Project Team

    Urban Movement (UM): Consultation, concept & detailed design & advisory role in technical design and construction. BHCC Highways: technical design & construction. Green Blue Urban: tree pit advisors. RJ Dance: construction.

  • Local planning authority or government body


  • Year Completed


  • Project Size


  • Contract Value


  • Capital Funding

    £2.5 million

  • Ongoing Funding



  • Planting

    Deciduous trees in hard landscaping and ground cover shrubs.

  • Materials

    UK sourced yorkstone, granite kerbs and setts, self binding gravel, pc concrete slabs, concrete block pavers and hardwood and cast aluminium seats.

  • Suppliers


  • Contractors

    RJ Dance

  • Urban Movement

    Registered Practice - (3 - 5 Employees)
  • Approximate Map Location



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