FIELD’s purpose is to inform a clear vision of what Brighton & Hove’s diverse entrepreneurial community needs from a potential permanent facility, which is part of the proposed redevelopment of Preston Barracks. Overall we have two key aims, which are:
- To empower entrepreneurial makers, inventors, engineers and product designers with the use of a diverse workspace
- To unite like-minded people, organisations and businesses to create a community that thrives on the free exchange of ideas between creative innovators and inventors
Residents at FIELD
Eight innovative start-ups from Brighton and Hove were selected to take residency at FIELD. The chosen businesses that moved into FIELD in March are:
The Bug Boys, a sustainable food manufacturer, innovating the farming of edible insects. Play Talk Learn, an education tech company developing children’s toys that bring mathematical patterns to life. Intrepid Camera producers of handmade wooden film cameras that combine traditional craft and laser cutting. Control Freq, a bespoke ‘Internet of Things’ door entry system that users can access through their mobile. Flux Cycle Works use new techniques like 3D printing to produce affordable cargo and commuter bikes. P Kirkwood create handcrafted, functional and stylish leather goods. Union Motion is an engineering group incorporating metal fabrication and 3D printing to revolutionise the production of electric motorbikes, and finally MakerClub are developing innovative new products that teach children the fundamentals of 3D design, coding and robotics.
Local businesses at FIELD
As well as hosting our eight innovative start-up businesses, FIELD is also home to four locally-based innovative businesses which embrace our FIELD values.
The Wood Store Brighton, which was previously located at Circus Street, has laid roots at FIELD, focusing on wood reuse and recycling; open daily selling reclaimed timber for DIY and also designing and making beautiful upcyled wooden products, plus bespoke furniture.
Community 21 is a collaborative practice initiated by the University of Brighton to get people engaged in community and neighbourhood planning, using fun and accessible tools and technology. They have created the Placemaker Space at FIELD where they plan to hold workshops and bring planning toolkits to the community.
Old Tree Brewery have opened up a café and retail space on-site at FIELD with space to realise their vision of becoming a drinks producing enterprise that contributes to earth regeneration. They’ve also been transforming the surrounding landscape with edible produce to provide them with the raw materials to brew in the near future.
Bike Hub is a Brighton volunteer-led community bike works, who were previously based at Circus Street. They collect unwanted bikes and work with volunteers to refurbish them and sell them at a low cost to local people. They also run self help and tutored bike repair/maintenance sessions and are developing a programme of professional qualifications for those wanting to further develop their skills.
Transforming FIELD House
FIELD is based at Preston Barracks, a former army barracks on Lewes Road. The building served its military use as the TA Somme Centre, with a shooting range and sports hall but has been out of action for almost 20 years and fallen into neglect. With lots of hard work, the building was lifted out of its sorry state to become our colourful, vibrant FIELD house, once again full of life and people. The striking exterior paint job was carried out by local artist Aroe.