£3m funding boost for Phase One of Royal Pavilion project

A project to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate in Brighton has secured £3m in funding to enable it to go ahead with its first phase. The money has come from the Coast to Capital Local Growth fund, according to announcement from Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.

The grant award will go towards a major refurbishment of the Grade I listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade II listed Studio Theatre (image shows project visualisation) as the first phase of a heritage project at the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate. The improvement works will be carried out by building contractors R. Durtnell and Sons.

Due for completion in late 2018, the transformation of the Corn Exchange (formerly the Prince Regent’s Riding house) will reveal and restore previously hidden heritage features as well as provide increased capacity seating and an impressive new viewing gallery. Major improvements to the Studio Theatre (once a stables and supper room) will include balcony seating, new bar facilities a new artists’ creation space and a café opening out onto a plaza at street level.

The £3m grant joins funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England (ACE) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), along with money from the city council, charitable trusts and individual patrons. Together this ensures £19.3m of the £21m Phase 1 project costs are now in place.

The multi-layered project will be delivered in three phases over the next few years. The longer-term vision is to reunite the historic Estate created by George IV in the early 19th century.

It is anticipated that the revitalised Royal Pavilion Estate will support 1,241 FTE jobs and have an economic impact of up to £68m.

Jonathan Sharrock, chief executive of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Our Board recognised the strength and benefit that this project will bring to preserving this major regional heritage asset and we are delighted to be supporting the project to deliver a lasting legacy for our region’’.

Andrew Comben, chief executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival BDM added: “We are delighted that the project has been awarded £3m from the Coast to Capital Local Growth fund. This is tremendous news.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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