£3m boost for Brighton’s Royal Pavilion project

A £3 million grant has been awarded to a Royal Pavilion heritage project in Brighton, bringing it closer to the overall phase one target of £21 million.

The Coast to Capital Local Growth Fund grant will go towards a major refurbishment of the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

The £3 million 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.

It means £19.3 million of the £21 million phase one project costs are now in place.

Planned by Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, the project aims to restore long-lost heritage features and provide new facilities.

Due for completion in late 2018, the transformation of the Corn Exchange will reveal and restore previously hidden heritage features and provide more seating.

Major improvements to the Studio Theatre will include balcony seating, new bar facilities, a new artists’ creation space and a café opening out onto a plaza at street level (pictured).

The project will be delivered in three phases over the next few years, and aims to confirm 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.

Warren Morgan, Brighton and Hove City Council Leader, said: “The city has an international reputation for its fantastic arts and culture offer and this is something we’re keen to maintain and build on for the benefit of all our communities.

“This funding goes towards a project that will secure local jobs and help support local businesses that benefit from tourism and visitors to the city.”