Brighton Business School

A regenerated faculty home is a clear sign that the University of Brighton’s business school is ready to open for business and consolidate its position as one of the UK’s top five for the impact of its research.

The bold new gateway to the University, Brighton Business School is a beacon for enterprise and innovation in the region – welcoming local industry onto the campus to offer students real-world business experience. 

We worked with the University to design a business school that breaks with tradition, creating a teaching and learning experience with a constantly changing sequence of activities and events that shift with the people who use it. By breaking down the boundaries between academia, research, business and industry, the building promotes project-based learning, opportunities for research collaboration, exciting new enterprise initiatives and genuine career development.

Importantly, the design of the building’s general purpose teaching spaces and student services opens up the business school to other departments and faculties, extending its identity and influence right across the campus. 

A revitalised ground level connects the business school with the neighbouring campus buildings like the Advanced Engineering Centre, the 800 bed Mithras Student Village, a new pedestrian bridge, the student union and shops, cafes and bars and new health and fitness facilities. 

Inspired by the iconic Brighton Pier and the flocks of birds it attracts, the façade’s 50,000 bespoke ceramic tiles represent the process of flux and change that students experience during university life.


University of Brighton


Brighton, UK.


In progress




6,400 sqm

Design team

Julian Gitsham, Gary Collins, Molly Worth, Maurice Brooks, David Brown, Chris Chesters, Evelyn Choy, Nicholas DeBruyne, Catherine van der Heide, Ashley Littlewood, Rebecca Marsh, Miguel Reyna, Rory Sheppard


Forbes Massie / Hassell


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Hassell has, to date, provided a responsive, imaginative and engaging service to the University.”

Neil Humphreys, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Brighton

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