The next chapter for this magnificent Regency Building, upgrading and restoring the buildings to provide a dynamic cultural venue for the city and the region.
Set in historic Regency gardens and adjoining the famous Royal Pavilion, Brighton’s Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre have been refurbished by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for a 21st century audience.
The circa £38m project makes major technical and operational improvements to the venues. The project unites restores and upgrades four existing buildings: the Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre, 29 New Road and the Church Street entrance, while a new link building captures a former courtyard space, providing a foyer and public and support facilities.
Essential conservation work to the listed buildings peels back the layers to restore hidden spaces and reveal them to the public. The brand-new foyer, top lit bar and gallery space, and a restaurant that opens out onto New Road improve the visitor experience and new toilets and circulation provide better facilities and accessibility for visitors, performers and artists.
Brighton Dome’s remodelled buildings will give it much-needed flexibility in terms of layout, seating, infrastructure and accessibility – allowing a wider range of artists and performers to come to Brighton. A new creative space - called Anita's Room - will also be available for artists and community groups to use for workshops, meetings and rehearsals.
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival said “Restoring these wonderful historic buildings to make them more useful to the city and its artists, more open to residents and visitors, and more creative and sustainable has been a labour of love for the project team and all of us at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.”
“Our heartfelt thanks go to Brighton & Hove City Council and FCBS for preserving the city's world renowned heritage assets in a way that ensures they can be used and enjoyed by everyone for the next 200 years, and to all our funders and supporters: Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coast to Capital and the many Trusts & Foundations, individuals and businesses who have played such a vital part in bringing this project to fruition. We have come together believing in the central importance of arts and culture to Brighton & Hove's identity, its economy and its social wellbeing and it is our enormous privilege now to open our doors and share the stories these beautiful buildings hold already and those yet to be written.”