In January 2017 construction and refurbuishment works, forming part of a major renewal of the Royal Pavilion Estate, finally began 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 the time-lapse video recently released by Brighton Dome to show the works between January and April 2017
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. Work is due to commence on Phase One in late 2016.
Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said in January 2016, “We are delighted that the bid for Heritage Lottery funding for this important project has been successful. It marks a major step forward in our joint plans to transform these unique historic assets, to enable more local people and visitors from around the world to enjoy them, and secure the future of the entire estate, which includes the Royal Pavilion, for generations to come.”
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said “We are delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed its significant support for this major redevelopment project. This is tremendous news. It is a fantastic endorsement of our vision and – alongside major contributions from Arts Council England (ACE), other charitable trusts and individual donors – creates a really strong foundation with which to launch our public appeal in the coming months.”
ACE South East Director, Hedley Swain, said: "Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival make an important contribution to the artistic and cultural fabric of Brighton. This project will enhance the experience that it is able to offer to audiences, whilst also supporting the organisation's long term resilience – both of which are key to its continued success."
Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to support this first crucial step towards the regeneration of Brighton’s cultural heart and securing the future of two of the city’s historic listed buildings.”
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."
For more information on Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, please visit their website here