Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been appointed to remodel Brighton’s famous 19th century Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre
The practice has been chosen to mastermind the £15million refurbishment of the grade I-listed concert venue as part of the first phase of the Royal Pavilion Estate’s capital redevelopment project.
The revamp will be undertaken alongside conservation work at the Corn Exchange with ‘hitherto hidden spaces’ restored for public viewing as well as providing a new foyer space, a new café to animate New Road, and major improvements to the Studio Theatre.
According to FCBS, 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.
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.
Founding partner at FCBS Peter Clegg 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.’
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
Gross internal floor area: 3500m²
Construction cost (Phase 1): £15m
Start on site: Sept 2016
Source: Image by Simon Carey
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Architect sought to deliver £18m Brighton Dome revamp
Brighton and Hove City Council is seeking an architect to deliver an £18 million overhaul of its Brighton Dome concert venue
Planned to complete in 2018, the project will upgrade a number of Grade I and II-listed spaces inside the iconic building.
Constructed in 1805, the Brighton Dome is part of George IV’s Royal Pavilion complex. The structure is connected to the pavilion via underground tunnels and was originally used as a stables.
The building includes the 1,300-capacity Dome Concert Hall; the 1,100-seat Corn Exchange and 200-seat Studio Theatre.
The winning team will develop existing regeneration plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios from RIBA Stage 4 to 7.
Proposals include upgrading the foyers and installing new retractable seating in the Corn Exchange.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 13 May.