Funding boost for the Royal Pavilion Estate

PUBLISHED: 14:45 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:45 28 January 2016

Brighton Dome From Pavilion Gardens © Matthew Andrews

Brighton Dome From Pavilion Gardens © Matthew Andrews


Brighton & Hove City Council, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s joint vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate has been awarded nearly £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The money will help to pay for a major refurbishment of the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre. The project forms the first phase of an ambitious regeneration of the Royal Pavilion Estate to create a world-class destination for heritage, culture and the performing arts in the heart of the city.

The £4.99m HLF funding comes on top of £5.8m pledged by Arts Council England, along with money from the city council, charitable trusts and individual patrons. Together this now secures 66% of the funding required for the project.

Refurbishment and essential conservation work will secure the future of the Corn Exchange, a Grade I listed building, and the Grade ll listed Studio Theatre. Breathtaking and previously hidden heritage spaces will be restored for public viewing, and a new interpretation strategy and activity plan for the Estate will be developed to reveal inspirational stories, unfold layers of history, thought and knowledge and help more people learn, understand and care about the Estate and its history. Work is due to start in the autumn of this year.

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said: “We are delighted that the bid for Heritage Lottery funding for this important project has been successful. It marks a major step forward in our joint plans to transform these unique historic assets, to 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.”

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