Project Information

BLB were appointed in early 2017 by The Bloom Foundation to provide Project Management, Cost Consultant and MEP Design Services for a proposed new Synagogue and mixed-use development on the site of the Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation’s existing site in New Church Road, Hove, to revitalise the Jewish Community in Brighton & Hove.


The planning application, consisting of the following works, was validated in July 2018: -


  • Demolition of the existing buildings

  • New central single story synagogue

  • Children’s nursery

  • Two classrooms for shared use by St. Christopher’s School

  • Co-working area

  • Meeting / Social Rooms

  • Cafe

  • Underground car parking for 55 cars

  • 35 apartments, including 5 social apartments

  • 10 mews houses


A subject to grant planning decision was granted in August 2019, which unfortunately was the subject of a Judicial Review. This was successfully quashed in late December 2019.


Osborne was selected as the Principal Contractor in October 2018, and works commenced on site in January 2020.


The initial ground works included placing over 400 piles and taking 65,000 cubic metres of earth off site, together with drilling eight 300m long piles for the ground source heat pumps. This was completed in July 2020.


The reinforced concrete frame commenced in July 2020 and was completed in May 2021.


Currently, the external walls and roofing works are progressing, together with the extensive MEP works.


The MEP design includes two residential blocks utilising heat interface units from a district heating circuit of six high-efficiency gas boilers, low energy LED with local controls and multiple zones, as well as specialist lighting controls due to Shabbat requirements. Also within the design are roof-mounted PV panels and grid tie inverters, independent PV systems for the town houses, sprinkler protection to the basement and town houses which is independent from the rest of the site, several smoke extract systems, and a secondary electrical supply for back up power in case of the main electrical installation being damaged. The social areas have underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation with full heat recovery, underfloor heating and cooling to the ground floor and additional air conditioning using high efficiency electric heat pumps.


The Contract Completion date is programmed for the second quarter of 2022.