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Old Steine and Palace Place

Located in the historic centre of Brighton, Old Steine and Palace Place were formerly three separate Regency Houses which have since been knocked through to create two interlinking buildings.

The buildings have been occupied for some time by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) who decided to refurbish them and use Old Steine as the base of their new ‘Stepping In’ initiative to help homeless  people experiencing social difficulties in the city integrate back into society.

Crofton was commissioned as part of the refurbishment team for the creation of facilities to assist with the re-integration. Working closely with ABIR Architects and David Barker QS, Crofton provided building services designs for a new training kitchen, private meeting rooms, a social area and a new server room.

One of the main objectives of the project was the installation of a new lift to ensure DDA access across both buildings. This was a challenging procedure as over time, the building had been extended and modified, leading to a number of levels and some unusual additions. One such discovery was a lead roof relating to the infill of open space in the building and a railway sleeper up in the attic.

Crofton played a key role in producing cost-effective designs for the project. There were significant financial constraints, so it was vital the project was delivered to budget. This was compounded by the nature of the building being on a variety of levels, and the designs required careful consideration to ensure they were right first time.

As Old Steine sits within a Regency conservation area, close liaison with the conservation planning officer was imperative to ensure the exterior refurbishments were in keeping with the surrounding area.