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Brighton’s Top 10 Building Designers

We love Brighton, and are proud to be part of such a vibrant, creative city, which is why we are playing our part in supporting this year's Brighton Festival.

And, by coincidence, May marks our birthday - a cause for double celebrations.

Which is why we're dedicating this week's blog post to some of the architects and building designers who have either been born in Brighton, lived here, or helped in providing the city with some of its most iconic buildings.

20six Ltd.'s Top 10 Brighton Designers:

John Nash: Nash was employed from 1815 to develop King George IV's Marine Pavilion in Brighton that was originally designed by Henry Holland. By 1822 Nash had finished work on the building, which could be argued as Brighton's most iconic building - the Royal Pavilion. Amongst Nash's other rather well-known buildings is Buckingham Palace.

Thomas Read Kemp: The clue's in the name to this ‘leading citizen’ of Brighton in that his legacy remains as the name of a famous district in Brighton, Kemp Town, which he conceived and developed in the Regency-style.

Thomas Lainson: Surprisingly less well known than Kemp our second Thomas, Lainson, was born in the Brighton area. He preferred an Italianate design style and is credited with a 13-house terrace on the west side of Norfolk Terrace, on the Brighton/Hove border, and another terrace of 16 houses nearby on Sillwood Road. He was also responsible for the design of the Bristol Road Methodist Church, the then new synagogue in Middle Street, Hove Museum and Art Gallery (as is now) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children.

John Constable: Undoubtedly far more well know than Kemp, and not strictly responsible for any building design/construction/architecture, we had to include this famous Romantic painter who lived intermittently in Brighton, to which he referred as "Piccadilly by the Seaside". Keeping the link with famous Brighton designers, he just happened to reside in Sillwood Road....

John Leopold Denman: Born in Brighton, this John was referred to as "the leading church architect of his time in Sussex". Denman was employed by the Kemp Town Brewery in Brighton to be their in-house architect, responsible for designing new pubs and hotels in Sussex and beyond. His legacy includes properties in Rochester Gardens, Montefiore Road, Colbourne Road and New Church Road Hove. As Brighton evolved into a major commercial centre, Denman was commissioned to design several new commercial premises - had we been around in the 1930s who knows - perhaps we could have assisted in the fit out of his designs.

Charles Augustin Busby: Busby’s greatest architectural achievement was in the development of 300+ acres to the West of Brighton, much within the parish of Hove, as a Regency new town. Today you will know this part of Brighton as the Brunswick area. He was also approached by Thomas Kemp, and in 1823 Busby undertook design of the Kemp Town scheme on Kemp’s behalf.

Frederick Charles Eden: Another of our architects and designers who was born in Brighton, Eden's forte was in designing church fittings and stained glass. We have managed to track down credits to his work in churches in Burgess Hill, Henfield, Ringmer and Uckfield.

Nicholas Grimshaw: A prominent English architect, Grimshaw was born in Hove, and is particularly noted for his designs for Waterloo International railway station, the Eden Project in Cornwall, and designing Britain's pavilion for the Seville Expo in 1992.

David Mocatt: Sticking with train stations, Mocatta was appointed architect of the London and Brighton Railway in 1839, and designed the company's headquarters at Brighton railway station. Whilst the façade is now hidden by the later, 1880's, porte-cochere, Mocatt's legacy remains one of the first pieces of architecture visitors see upon arrival in Brighton.

KSS Group: OK, so we've moved away from individual Brightonian designers, and the KSS Group aren't even based, nor do they reside in Brighton. But we couldn't leave out reference to one of Brighton and Hove's newest buildings, one that has courted more controversy than most - KSS are the architects responsible for the design of The Amex Stadium, the new home of our local football team, Brighton and Hove Albion.

We are very lucky to have such a wealth of talent in this city, and the legacy of so many inspirational characters' lives on in the buildings that they gave us. We hope that you enjoy this year's Brighton Festival, and we are looking forward to many more successful years working in this great city.

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