Longley Place - EH Smith

Longley Place


Longley Place is the first Build to Rent scheme to be delivered in Brighton and comprises of 209 apartments within a building ranging from 8 up to 17-storeys.

EPR Architects saw an exciting opportunity to create a public art commission that integrates fully with the high-quality materiality and language of the building. To deliver this, EPR collaborated with artist Ptolemy Mann, who has a unique approach to textile art, hand dyeing, weaving and architectural artworks — underpinned with intelligent colour theory.

Ptolemy began by creating large-scale colourway sketches which beautifully captured the light and colours of the Downs and the sea but also the progressive green spirit of Brighton’s residents. Via a series of workshops, we then translated these from painting to glazed brick, refining the final piece and creating a symbiotic relationship between art and architecture.

Over 8,000 bespoke coloured bricks in 20 different shades were used to recreate the artwork across the building’s two flank walls. The colour palette also informed the glazed colonnade that wraps the building, further integrating art into the scheme.

We were pleased to work with EPR and contractor, McAleer & Rushe, to select and then supply the bricks

Location: Brighton

Architect: EPR Architects

Contractors: McAleer & Rushe

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