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Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre

Sussex Arts Building Development design by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, England, UK

27 Jul 2015

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre Building

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios appointed to remodel and revitalise Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, architects

Award-winning architects FCB Studios have been appointed to remodel and revitalise the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre as part of the first phase of the Royal Pavilion Estate Capital Redevelopment Project.

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre
image Copyright Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The scheme will allow the refurbishment of the extraordinary Regency Corn Exchange in which, alongside essential conservation work, breath-taking and hitherto hidden heritage spaces will be restored for public viewing, and will provide a brand new foyer space, a new café to animate New Road, and major improvements to the Studio Theatre.

Brighton Dome has played many roles throughout its 200-year history –including a stable block, a temporary hospital, a roller rink and now the South Coast’s leading arts venue. The capital redevelopment project will conserve the unique character of the original 1806 interior while remodeling will create greater flexibility in terms of layout, seating and infrastructure.
This multi-layered project aims to re-affirm Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate – which combines an historic Royal Palace and regency garden, a museum, art gallery and three performing arts spaces – as a key cultural destination by equipping it for a sustainable future.

The longer term vision aims to reunite the historic Estate created by George IV in the early 19th century to create a centre for heritage, culture and the performing arts which reflects the unique spirit of Brighton.

The project will be delivered by two of the UK’s leading cultural and heritage organisations, Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton Dome & Festival which manage and cares for the Royal Pavilion Estate owned by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Nick Hibberd, Head of City Regeneration, Brighton & Hove City Council said: “This is a very exciting project and it is integral to the future success of our city. Appointing the architects for the project signals the start of the first phase ahead of the longer term plans.”

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome& Brighton Festival said:
This work – the first phase of an over-arching culture-led development plan for the Royal Pavilion Estate and its surrounding areas – will allow Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival to continue to provide unique arts-led opportunities, benefits and experiences to local communities, tourists and visitors, and – at the same time – contribute to making the city and the county we live in a world-class destination for people everywhere.”

Peter Clegg, Founding Partner at FCBStudios said
“Having completed the initial development designs for this project we are delighted to be appointed to take Phase One of the project through to completion. Following the successful funding bids to the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery fund we will be helping to ensure the money will be put to good use to make a dramatic improvement to the historic buildings which provide a really dynamic cultural offer for the city and its region”

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
image Copyright Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre Project – Building Information

Client: Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd and Brighton & Hove City Council
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Lanscape Architect: LT Studio
Structural Engineer: ARUP
Environmental Engineering Services: Max Fordham
Theatre Consultancy: Charcoal Blue
Quantity Surveyor: Jackson Coles
Access: All Clear Designs
Fire Consultancy: The Fire Surgery
H&S advisor: Baqus

Location: Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
Funding: HLF round 1 – Nov 2014 – £5million
HLF round 2 decision due February 2016
ACE funding October 2014 £5.8million
Gross internal floor area: 3500m2
Construction cost (Phase 1): £15m
Start on site: Sept 2016
Completion: 2018

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
Brighton Dome is the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue – a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatreat the cultural heart of one of England’s most creative cities. Each year Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival presents over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more as part of its year round programme as well as producing the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival in May.

With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent’s stables and riding house), Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive. A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality.

Brighton Dome is committed to bringing all sorts of art to all sorts of people and aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.

Royal Pavilion & Museums
The Royal Pavilion & Museums is one of the largest museum organisations in the south east. It is responsible for the city council’s historic buildings open to the public and nationally and internationally significant collections. These historic sites, the quality of the collections, exhibitions, learning and community engagement programmes resulted in 690,000 visits in

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for design quality, for pioneering environmental expertise and a progressive architectural approach.

The practice has experience in designing for education, housing, masterplanning and urban design as well as places for art and the creative reuse of historic buildings. We started small over 35 years ago and, in spite of our growth to around 160 staff, we continue to be committed to social and humanistic values in our work. We are proud to have won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Accordia, a scheme which is widely regarded as setting a new benchmark for housing in the UK and we are the top RIBA National Award winning practice of the last decade.

With our strong track record we are well placed to face the challenges of the future: growing & fractured cities; climate change; massive shifts in the delivery of education; increased localism; embracing the pace of technological change. The face of architecture is changing and we continue to pioneer imaginative and inclusive ways to create exceptional buildings.

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre images / information from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Feilden Clegg Bradley

Location: Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton, Sussex, England, UK

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