Brighton College Cairns Tower, Brighton

The utmost care and attention to detail

Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects.
Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects. Credit: Will Pryce

Richard Griffiths Architects for Brighton College

Contract value: £1.2m

GIA: 145m² 

An unusual restoration, this completes the unfinished entrance tower at Brighton College. The work has clearly engaged the college community and benefited its important context as the entry point to the college. 

The project has been informed by a rigorous conservation approach. The completed tower reinterprets Victorian architect Sir Thomas Graham Jackson’s new Tudor designs with faithful replication of materials, proportions and overall concept while resorting to contemporary simplified detailing of its original ornate treatment. 

 
  • Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects.
    Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects.
    Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects.
    Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects.
    Brighton College Cairns Tower by Richard Griffiths Architects. Credit: Will Pryce
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What sets this project apart from a straightforward restoration is the confidence to make subtle and modest changes to the original to suit the needs of 21st century use. 

The work has been undertaken with the utmost care and attention to detail.


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