Landmark listed building deal signed covering Sussex University
A groundbreaking deal designed to protect the University of Sussex’s unique listed buildings and streamline the planning process has been signed by Brighton & Hove City Council, Historic England and the University.
The so-called Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement is only the second such agreement in the country – and the first involving a university.
The University of Sussex was the first of a new wave of universities created in the early 1960s. Its early buildings were designed by architect Sir Basil Spence, and include one Grade l and seven Grade II* listed buildings.
They have many common design features, such as flat roofs, red brick and concrete arches. The university has continued to develop the site in sympathy with the early design and site layout.
Penny Thompson, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “The agreement means that Listed Building Consent for general or repeated work will be granted without the need for the university to individually apply for consent – cutting red tape and saving time and money.”
Areas covered by the agreement include work to repair or replace the external fabric of buildings, internal fixtures and finishes to upgrade teaching facilities and works to improve safety and accessibility.
The agreement will run for 10 years, subject to periodic review.