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Grade II*-listed Basil Spence arts centre gets a revamp

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Britain’s first university campus arts centre, designed by Basil Spence, has undergone a revamp

The building at the University of Sussex has been transformed into a flexible space for exhibitions, performances, research and teaching by AJ120 firm RH Partnership.

The 1969 curved-brick building, which was previously known as the Gardner Arts Centre, has been closed since 2007, after funding for the centre was withdrawn.  

It now houses a 350-seat auditorium, a gallery, rehearsal studios, and a new café and bar.

Phillip Naylor, director at RHP, said: ‘The work we’ve done on this beautiful listed building has helped transform it into a modern interdisciplinary arts hub fit for both public and performers. We’re not alone in looking forward to the re-opening of its doors, and to welcoming the masses to once again enjoy its unique charms.’

University of Sussex vice-chancellor Michael Farthing, added: ‘The University of Sussex has a long and proud history of nourishing artistic endeavour, and this refurbishment will go a considerable way to furthering this legacy.

‘The Attenborough Centre is to become a creative hub for the University and the wider arts community both on a local and national level. It represents our deep commitment to investing in our campus and to providing an arts venue to be enjoyed by all. ’

The building will re-open with a new public programme in 2016 following the fit-out of its bar and café area and the installation of specialist lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment.  

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