This funding is contributing a major refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre as the first stage of an ambitious heritage project at the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate.
The strip-out of the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange is progressing well with around three and half thousand tonnes of rubble being removed to make way for the new retractable seating and sub floor storage. The original timber and cast-iron trussed roof structure has been revealed restoring natural light and window detailing. Work is now commencing on the ‘Creative Space’, an impressive glass and steel building which will provide a dedicated area for artists and production teams. Work is on track to be completed by late 2018.
This transformation will enhance the city’s cultural tourism offer and significantly contribute to its economy. It is anticipated that the revitalised Royal Pavilion Estate will help to support 1,241 full time jobs and have an economic impact of up to £68 million.
Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said: “This is a very exciting time for Brighton & Hove and we are delighted to be supporting this project, which will not only regenerate a hugely iconic and culturally important building but will also enhance local employment opportunities.”
Brighton & Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan said: “It’s great to see the project progressing well. Brighton & Hove has a history of innovation and change, but it’s also important we value the assets inherited from the past. Once complete, this refurbishment will provide multiple benefits not only in preserving the historic fabric of the building for generations to come but by providing impressive, flexible facilities at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.”
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival says:
“Arts and culture are intrinsic to Brighton & Hove’s economy. As well as safeguarding this important heritage for the future, the development works will encourage new audiences, support artist development and transform visitors’ experience of the venues. It will deliver improvements in accessibility, facilities and infrastructure, and will benefit local residents, community groups, schools,
artists, tourists, the regional digital community and local businesses amongst others. We are delighted to see the project progressing so well.”
Alex Durtnell, Chairman at building contractors R Durtnell & Sons Ltd said: We are thrilled to be involved with the project at the Corn Exchange, not only because it is a very interesting and challenging building project; but because it clearly is such an important venue locally, both in terms of heritage and the local economy. It is pleasing that the project is enjoying close co-operation between the Professional Team, Brighton & Hove Council, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd and ourselves, and that this close working relationship between the key parties will lead to a successful project conclusion and a world class building, that Brighton will be proud of for many years”.
Keep up to date with progress including time lapse videos on the Brighton Dome website – https://brightondome.org/our_future/the_works_so_far/