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Levitt Bernstein scoops £35m Eastbourne leisure centre job

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[First look + project data] Levitt Bernstein has won the contest to overhaul Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park leisure complex

The AJ100 practice defeated Haworth Tompkins, Donald Insall, BDP and Marks Barfield with Purcell to land the East Sussex redevelopment job.

The £35 million project upgrade the complex which is home to three Grade II-listed theatres, an art gallery, conference facilities, council offices and the International Lawn Tennis Centre.

Levitt Bernstein’s winning design will create a new ‘welcome centre’ and revamp the Devonshire Park Theatre, Congress Theatre and Winter Gardens as well as surrounding public realm.

Levitt Bernstein chair Gary Tidmarsh said: ‘We are looking forward to working with Eastbourne Borough Council to deliver their vision of a new international mixed use attraction at Devonshire Park.’

He continued: ‘Our award winning track record in delivering work in the public realm, landscape, conservation and new buildings will create a unique and high quality destination for Eastbourne that rivals the best in Europe.’

Eastbourne Borough Council leader, councillor David Tutt added: ‘This is an extremely exciting project that will bring more people to Eastbourne, provide even better facilities for residents and support the sustainability of the park for future generations.’

The project is planned to start on site in March 2017.


Project data

Architects: Levitt Bernstein
Location: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, UK
Type Of Project: Architectural Conservation, Urban Design/Landscape (full description in previous press release)
Structural Engineers: Edge Structures
Project Architect: Gary Tidmarsh
Design Team: Tennis Consultants: TrioPlus Sport & Leisure
Client: Eastbourne Borough Council
Tender date: 31st March 2014
Start on site date: March 2017
Contract duration: 3 years
Total cost: £35m        
M&e consultant: Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor: Huntley Cartwright









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