Rick Mather Architects' proposal for a landmark gallery and cultural centre in Eastbourne's cultural quarter has won the thumbs-up from town planners.
Work will now begin this summer on a 400m 2
venue for temporary exhibitions and a 200m 2
gallery earmarked for Eastbourne's nationally acclaimed Towner art collections.
The new Towner collection facility will allow many more paintings to be exhibited, although work not displayed will be stored in a purpose-built unit.
The building, to be sited adjacent to the Grade II-listed Congress Centre in Devonshire Park, will also boast an art research studio dedicated to photography and conservation work.
Other features include a shop, café, conference and exhibition spaces and a suite of community activity rooms for schools and local groups.
Commenting on the project, a practice spokeswoman said: 'The new building will bring a 21st-century addition to Devonshire Park and strengthen its position as the town's cultural quarter.'by Clive Walker