The first phase of our redevelopment plans, part of an ambitious culture and heritage-led vision for the whole of the Royal Pavilion Estate, is a major refurbishment of the nationally important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, alongside essential conservation work. It will allow us to continue to provide unique arts-led opportunities, benefits and experiences to local communities, tourists and visitors, and - at the same time - contribute to making the city and the county we live in a world-class destination for people everywhere.
The transformation of the Corn Exchange will restore and reveal original heritage features of the former Prince Regent's Riding House for public view as well as provide increased capacity seating and a magnificent new viewing gallery. Spaces within the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will be improved to enhance audience comfort and help the building operate more efficiently. Services and equipment will be upgraded to ensure these unique buildings are looked after. We will also help to engage new audiences with the history of the estate which has often been hidden to visitors
Improvements will include:
- Transformation of the Corn Exchange with increased capacity seating and more efficient infrastructure
- Creation of a magnificent new Corn Exchange viewing gallery and audience circulation space
- Major improvements to the Studio Theatre including balcony seating, new bar facilities and a café opening out onto New Road
- A dedicated artists' creation space
- Provision for additional offices, back of house accommodation and storage.
With £16.3m of the funding for this first phase now in place, including significant contributions from the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, we are moving closer towards securing the future of this gem in the heart of our city.
Thank you for bearing with us at this exciting time of change and we hope you’ll join us in supporting our long term future.