Work to start on The Level in October 2012

Photo:Currently (October 2012) The Level is rather a bleak place

Currently (October 2012) The Level is rather a bleak place

Photo by Pete L

Views of North Laine residents sought

Work will start in October 2012 on the transformation of The Level to give this open space near to North Laine a new lease of life and to encourage more people of all ages to use and enjoy it. The project is being carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council with a £2.2m Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund grant.  An Aiming High Grant of £65,000 has also been awarded to help make the park more accessible for all to enjoy.

Package of improvements

A package of improvements will include a new playground, with many pieces of equipment suitable for children with disabilities; ‘dancing’ fountains; a new sensory garden; tables for board games and ping pong; a pétanque and bowls court; a new skate park; a new café complete with an environmentally friendly turf roof and low energy lighting; and new public toilets including a Changing Places toilet with enough space for disabled people and their carers.

New planting and landscaping

Extensive new planting and landscaping will be carried out and additional seating provided. Historic features of the park will be restored, including the pavilions which will be used to provide community rooms and exhibition spaces. Improvements in lighting, CCTV and the presence of a full-time park manager will help to deter anti-social behaviour.

Artist and designer appointed

Community artists have been appointed to work with local people to create a new piece of artwork for The Level. The artist team includes Brighton-based designer and illustrator Sarah Arnett and landscape architect Tom Hardiment, along with manufacturer Graphic Relief Ltd.  They will be working with the community on a design which will become a feature of The Level’s north lawns and your views are sought as an input to this - see bottom of this page.

History project

The Level has a long history as a recreational space. In 1822 it became Brighton’s first general recreation ground when it was given in trust for the benefit of inhabitants and visitors. A history project is underway to capture people’s memories of The Level. These will then be used as part of an exhibition when work on the park is completed as well as becoming a permanent record as part of the park’s heritage.

Work on The Level will continue until summer 2013 and while it is in progress The Level will be closed to the public because of the construction work taking place. A plan of the new-look Level can be downloaded from the council's website

Your feedback invited

The artist and designer mentioned above, Sarah Arnett and Tom Hardiment, would like to encourage people from the local community to answer the following questions:

Q1 What thoughts or mental images come to mind when you think about the history of The Level?

Q2 What single words or phrases sum up the spirit and character of The Level to you?

Q3 During their consultations a number of people have mentioned the elm in connection with The Level. Do you have any specific thoughts or memories of elms on The Level?

This feedback will help them to decide what kind of artworks they should design for The Level.

Here is a link to the Portal to give your feedback:


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 218, September/October 2012]

This page was added on 16/10/2012.

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