During 2017, construction and refurbuishment works, forming part of a major renewal of the Royal Pavilion Estate, were taking place on the site of Brighton Dome. Phase One of the project costing around £20m is specifically looking at the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre venues with associated works such as a new cafe. Take a look at how the works are progressing on the Dome website here.
We have been working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival (BDBF) since our ACE Sustain work in 2009. This business analysis identified the need to undertake capital refurbishment as a key component of future sustainability and we have had a major role to play in guiding this unique arts organisation through the various stages of developing a major capital project.
The recent ACE and HLF funding awards for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival constitute the first phase of a £35m master-plan, which aims to reinvigorate and preserve the iconic Royal Pavilion Estate in central Brighton for generations to come. The refurbishment of this historic estate, which is home to BDBF's Grade I & II listed buildings (Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre), is being undertaken over four phases.
BDBF is working to establish itself as an artistic hub for the region, exploiting its unique position in possessing three performance spaces, as well as programming a high profile annual International Festival. Its vision is to be one of Europe's leading arts festivals and a year-round destination of choice for artists and audiences. It can only do this by upgrading its venues, facilities, bars and catering to provide a vibrant, fit for purpose set of heritage buildings that are attractive to audiences and visitors alike.
Our initial work was the production of a Capital Development Feasibility Study, including undertaking an Options Appraisal and developing the Business Case, to support a number of funding applications. As a result, nearly £11m of capital funding has been secured so far towards this major heritage project of international significance. Perfect Moment has helped to secure £5.8m from Arts Council England (ACE) and £4.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards phase one of the regeneration programme. Both of the Stage 2 applications were successful. For both we wrote the business plans and for HLF we also produced an Evaluation Strategy.
Phase One focuses on a refurbishment of the Grade I Corn Exchange venue and a major renovation of the Grade II Studio Theatre, including new viewing galleries, a bar and café space and a dedicated 'Creation Space', as well as improvements to backstage facilities.
We have continued to offer additional business services to BDBF over the past few years including a pay benchmarking exercise and due diligence of the transfer of the Music & Arts Education service from Brighton & Hove City Council.
Amanda Jones, Deputy Chief Executive of BDBF said, "Perfect Moment has been central to our work, both in developing our plans and helping us to secure funding. They have been our lead consultants, instrumental in guiding and mentoring our team, as well as undertaking a range of studies and putting together our business case and business plan. It has involved years of hard work and the results speak for themselves."