First look at Hippodrome Brighton designs

The much-anticipated first designs of the planned development of the Hippodrome Brighton have been released by HIPP Investments and LCE Architects.

The historic theatre, which has stood empty and left to ruin since 2007, was acquired by HIPP Investments a year ago after plans to convert it into a cinema fell through.

Aized Sheikh, CEO of HIPP Investments, explains: “the Hippodrome is an iconic building with an incredible past and, if left unchecked, will be lost to future generations who will never be able to appreciate its history and splendour. We hope to create a theatre that will become a cultural mainstay for the city for decades to come, in an area that is in dire need of regeneration.

“A strategic plan for the refurbishment of theatre is being drawn up including timescales for a phased development programme. Ultimately, our vision is for the Hippodrome to be run as a non-profit entity by professionals who understand where it will sit amongst Brighton’s theatres.”

The owners are in discussion with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival regarding the renovation, refurbishment and future management of the theatre and have appointed ARUP, a multinational engineering and design company with extensive experience in the arts and culture sector, to conduct a viability study of the theatre and its future potential.

HIPP Investments will begin the restoration of the original theatre façade and dome as soon as planning has been granted. In the first phase, a steel structure will be built to prop up the existing dome and façade to provide support to the building.

In addition to restoring and refurbishing the theatre, the development plans also include a 74-room hotel with spa as well as 26 apartments.

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