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Curtain will rise on renovated Congress Theatre in March

1 November 2018

The Congress Theatre will re-open in spectacular style this spring after a two-year refurbishment, as part of the Devonshire Quarter development.

Economic board tour

The first performance in the newly-renovated Grade II listed theatre will be a concert given by London Philharmonic Orchestra on March 24. As the major project enters its final months, all works are on track for the scheduled completion date.

Built in 1963, the theatre has been closed since January 2017 for extensive work to be carried out.

When the new look theatre opens it will have new seats, a new state-of-the-art lighting bridge, new heating and air conditioning systems and new toilets. The Congress Theatre is considered architecturally on a par with buildings such as The National Theatre and Chichester Theatre.

Economic board tour

Members of the economic growth board, Team East Sussex, recently enjoyed a tour of the Devonshire Quarter development. They took the opportunity to see first-hand how the £54million project to create a top cultural, sporting and conference destination is taking shape.

Clive Soper, Team East Sussex/South East Local Enterprise Partnership Strategic Board business member and Federation of Small Businesses regional policy chairman, said: “We were impressed to see the various elements of this ambitious scheme coming together and look forward to its completion. "Devonshire Quarter represents a major boost to the local and regional economy, as well as job creation.”

The group went inside the Congress Theatre, where scaffolding is currently being taken down in the main auditorium now that work to paint areas of the ceiling and redecorate the original teak timber are finished.

The Team East Sussex (TES) members were also shown progress on the new Welcome Building, which will provide conference halls, break out and hospitality areas and the site’s central box office. Raised timber floors have been installed there ready to be tiled, and concrete cladding is complete on the exterior. The TES group saw that work is well underway to create a plaza which will become an attractive gateway to the theatres, conference facilities and Towner Art Gallery.

New kerbs are being laid at the new piazza, which will have a disabled drop-off near the entrances to the buildings. Following the site tour, the TES meeting was held in the newly-built players’ changing facilities. TES is the local federated board for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

'Significant step' for Devonshire Quarter

The Devonshire Park Halls have been demolished to make way for two new practice tennis courts.

The two halls, which were built in the 1980s, were used for exhibitions and conferences but are no longer needed as the new Welcome Building takes shape.
Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council (pictured), said: “Work is progressing well on the stylish new Welcome Building, which will reinforce Devonshire Quarter’s reputation as a premier conference destination.

“The demolition of the Devonshire Park Halls marked another significant step towards the completion of this exciting development which will combine first-rate international sporting, cultural and conference facilities.”

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