Brighton Dome theatre revamp gets £5m lottery boost
A £5m lottery grant has been awarded to aid the £18.5m refurbishment of the Brighton Dome theatre complex.
It follows a bid by the city council and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival as part of a £35m scheme to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate
The theatre revamp has already been awarded £5.8m by Arts Council England.
Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said it was hoped work would start in autumn 2016.
Earlier this year the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) turned down a request for £14m towards the project.
Brighton Dome said HLF trustees encouraged them to re-apply with a phased approach to delivering the overall scheme.
Mr Comben has said the long-term ambition is to reconnect the historic buildings and landscape of the Royal Pavilion Estate, as the cultural heart of Brighton.
The estate includes the Royal Pavilion and regency garden, a museum and art gallery, and three performing arts spaces - Brighton Dome Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.
The first phase of the project will see major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre and conservation work.
Planned construction work includes a new bar/cafe for the Studio Theatre, a viewing gallery and new seating in the Corn Exchange, and a service tunnel linking all parts of the complex.
Phase two will include restoration of the regency gardens, phase three will move on to restoration of the Royal Pavilion and phase four will include restoration of the museum and art gallery.