Brad Pitt’s big Brighton seafront development plans that never actually happened

Sussex has long been a key attraction for Hollywood stars.

Stars such as Kate Winslet, Tom Cruise and Cate Blanchet have flocked to major property hot spots across the county.

But while these are the most well-known celebrity ties, you may have forgotten the speculation around Brad Pitt playing a key role in the redevelopment of the King Alfred Leisure Center in Hove.

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Flashback to 2005, it was common knowledge that the Fight Club star was involved in the plans for the controversial £ 290million waterfront complex.



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The plans by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry were approved despite concerns from residents that the proposed recreation and homes site would not fit in with the rest of Hove.

Although the project was ultimately scrapped in 2008 due to the financial crisis, it didn’t happen until Brad Pitt’s name was thrown into controversy.

It was initially alleged in 2005 by developers Karis that Brad Pitt was involved in the planning of the project, while he was a regular visitor to Frank Gehry’s studio.



King Alfred Leisure Center in Hove

Although he was not described as a full-time member of the design team, a representative from Karis said he expressed a keen interest in following every step of the development.

There was even speculation surrounding Brad Pitt’s purchase of an apartment in the complex.

However, these claims were refuted by Frank Gehry himself who said he was far from a part-time member of the design team.

It was also confirmed in the same interview that his interest had waned considerably since his first visit to Gehry’s office.



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He told US magazine Newsweek: “We used to work – I don’t know if we work more – in Brighton, England, and the guys from Brighton knew that I knew Brad Pitt and that he was interested in architecture. They asked me if he would like to participate and design the bar, or an apartment or something.

“So I called him up and asked him and he said maybe. And he came to the office and looked at him and someone here took a picture of him leaning over the model next to me.

“I don’t know how it got in the press. My guys didn’t.

“Since that day, I have never heard from him again.”

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