The Keep Brighton & Hove
Books on a shelf
Kier Longley
Planning & Development
Brighton & Hove
How we helped
Planning Consultancy

A new historical resource centre to house 10 miles of archives dating back 900 years.

Woollards Field in Falmer has been selected as the location for the future home of the archives and historical resources of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, the Special Collections of the University of Sussex, and the headquarters of the Sussex Family History Group. The centre, now open to the public, is known as ‘The Keep’.

Previously, an area of privately owned open space, The Keep opens up part of Woollards Field to the public, acting as a community resource and research facility as well as providing a new location for historical archives which are in desperate need of more space and reorganisation. Working closely with the project team, we engaged Brighton and Hove City Council and statutory and non-statutory stakeholders in extensive pre-application discussions to establish the scope and scale of the application. In particular, the design, footprint, landscaping, access, parking, and sustainability of the Keep evolved to meet the needs of a multifaceted client, whilst also taking into consideration the requirements of the Local Planning Authority and local community.

The application was granted planning permission on 14 January 2011 and opened in November 2013.