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Work to begin on £21m makeover of Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre

From The Argus

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Work to transform two venues as part of a wider £41 million regeneration project will begin next month.

Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it has put the project to restore the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre in the hands of Britain’s oldest construction firm.

The project is the first step in what is hoped to be a transformation of the world-famous Royal Pavilion and Museums estate.

Next month work will start on the £21.5 million first phase to restore the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre including the refurbishment of back of house facilities for staff and performers and new public spaces.

The authority has appointed R. Durtnell & Sons Limited as the contractor for phase one of an ambitious heritage project.

The firm was founded in 1591 and has a proven track record in delivering a number of high-profile heritage restorations including Dulwich Picture Gallery, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Brighton College’s music school.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall will remain open throughout the redevelopment.

New images, produced by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, show the transformation of the Corn Exchange, which was built as the Prince Regent’s riding house.

The work will reveal and restore previously hidden heritage features as well as providing extra seating and a new viewing gallery.

The Studio Theatre, which was built as a supper room, will also undergo major improvements with balcony seating, a new artists’ creation space and a café opening onto a plaza at street level.

The majority of funds for the £21 million phase one have already been secured from a range of sources, including Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as charitable trusts, individual donors, council capital funding and a public works loan. Fundraising for the remaining money will continue throughout the build.

Council leader Warren Morgan said: “This is the start of another ambitious project the council and partners have worked hard to bring to fruition.

“The Royal Pavilion Estate attracts visitors from all over the world and the venues make a significant economic contribution to Brighton and Hove.

“The buildings are magnificent but they are facing unique challenges and are in need of refurbishment and upgrade.

“We are very relieved and proud to have found a viable way forward to restore and safeguard these treasured buildings for years to come and look forward to seeing phase one of the project brought to life by the newly appointed construction team.”

Brighton theatre project passes another milestone

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From The Argus

Two historic theatres have been given £5 million between them for major refurbishments.

The cash, which has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will go towards Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre, which are part of the The Royal Pavilion Estate.

The handout, which will go towards the £19 million refurbishment, leaves theatre bosses needing just £4.3 million more to reach their total.

Brighton Dome will launch a series of fundraising initiatives in the coming months to help raise the remaining amount.

A further £2 million bid to The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership will be made before the end of March.

The theatre restoration project is one half of the two stage bid for the regeneration of the Royal Pavilion Estate to create a world-class cultural destination for generations to come.

A second bid for a HLF grant for the refurbishment of the Royal Pavilion and Royal Pavilion Garden and the creation of a new visitor centre will be made later this year.

A previous £14 million HLF bid for this project was rejected in May 2014.

The confirmation of the £5 million grant yesterday will be banked alongside £5.8 million from Arts Council England, £1.2 million from charitable trusts and private individuals and £750,000 from the city council.

An additional £4.3 million of fundraising will include an appeal to the public with a series of fundraising initiatives rolling out from this summer including digital projects, a seat appeal and a number of events.

The money will fund refurbishment and conservation work designed to secure the future of the grade I listed Corn Exchange and the Grade II listed Studio Theatre.

Project directors have promised that “breathtaking and previously hidden heritage spaces” will be restored for public viewing.

Work on the project is due to start in the autumn.

Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This marks a major step forward in our joint plans to transform these unique historic assets.

“This will enable more local people and visitors from around the world to enjoy them, and secure the future of the entire estate, which includes the Royal Pavilion, for generations to come.”

Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to support this first crucial step towards the regeneration of Brighton’s cultural heart and securing the future of two of the city’s historic listed buildings.”

Royal Pavilion Estate Survey

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Please can we have five minutes of your time …

Royal Pavilion Estate Interpretation and Activity Plan Survey

Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop their joint vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate.
The long term ambition is to reconnect the historic buildings and landscape of the Estate and to create a centre for heritage, culture and the performing arts which reflects the unique spirit of Brighton.

The Royal Pavilion Estate encompasses the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Garden and all the Brighton Dome venues; Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. The first phase of the project focuses on Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

In developing an interpretation plan and activity plan for the project, we welcome your comments about the activities, events and historical information you would like to see across the Estate. Your feedback will help inform these plans. The survey will take a few minutes and you will be entered into a prize draw to win two cinema tickets.