The work so far...
You may have seen the exciting news about the glass roof being installed in the new Gallery space, so take a look back at some of the other exciting milestones of the building works so far.
Work began to strip the Corn Exchange interiors of all carpets, curtains and wall panels, with some of the original beams starting to show through. Meanwhile, the Studio Theatre flooring and interior wall was removed, seeing through into the Corn Exchange.
Moving outside, work on the landlocked area next to the Corn Exchange began to open up this area and prepare for work to begin on what will become the brand new Gallery space.
Quaker skeletons were discovered during works to the Corn Exchange. In total, there were 18 burials found and carefully excavated by Archaeology South East, and in July 2018 were laid to rest.
Corn Exchange flooring had been completely removed and foundations laid for new flooring, including space for underground storage, new balcony area and seating areas.
WW1 Letters Found
A collection of letters from the Royal Pavilion Estate’s use as a military hospital during WW1 were found during building works to the Corn Exchange in September. Read more about these letters and what life was like for injured soldiers.
Steel is installed to form the structure of the new areas - the Gallery, Bar and Creative Space. Paint has also been stripped off the Corn Exchange roof to reveal heritage details from the original Prince Regents’ stables – this took 12 weeks to complete, with 4 workers painstakingly scraping the paint off by hand.
Steel foundations for the balcony in the Studio Theatre were put in place, as well as starting to board out the balcony in the Corn Exchange
Glass was installed in the new Gallery and Creative Space, giving an insight into how bright and open these exciting new spaces will be.
Photography by Jolyon Thompson and Carlotta Luke
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