New Brighton venue ‘taking shape’ on seafront

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Brighton’s Shelter Hall dates back to the end of the nineteenth century, and has always been a complex structure as it supports both the seafront road and the promenade. 

Reconstruction of Shelter Hall is in motion to create a new restaurant and terrace area with stunning views of Brighton’s seafront. 

An estimated £19m has been given the project as part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Seafront Investment Programme, including a £9 million investment award from the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. 

The development project is also funded by government grants, borrowing, and council money. 

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “Following two years of extensive and complex engineering work to strengthen the seafront road and stabilise the ground, it’s exciting to see the new Shelter Hall taking shape.”

The hall will be much bigger than the old building, with two internal floors, a rotunda on top, a roof terrace, and brand new public toilets. 

Cllr Mitchell also said: “The Hall and Rotunda will be fantastic additions to our world famous seafront which already attracts millions of visitors each year.”

In 2016, the council announced the structure completely unsafe and beyond repair, requiring a complete rebuild as the old hall supported the seafront road and upper promenade. 

The new Shelter Hall will create a brand new restaurant and venue for the city, with its mezzanine floor leading onto the terrace with incredible views of the seafront. 

In the Rotunda and roof terrace area on the upper promenade, it will also be home a new café. 

A new walkway has already been created as part of the reconstruction project, which will lead to public toilets on the lower promenade. 

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The council have also said the busy West Street junction is being remodelled to help people and traffic flow more smoothly in the area.

They will also be giving people the opportunity to submit expressions of interest for the two new business premises, which can be submitted from February 2019.

The project for this once Grade II-listed building is currently expected to finish in Autumn 2019. 

Brighton’s Shelter Hall and Rotunda dates back to the 1880s, and it wasn’t until 2013 the gym occupying the site had to be vacated as the structure was deemed unsafe. 

The space was then demolished and plans went underway to rebuild the Hall and roads around that area of Brighton. 

Computer-generated artistic impressions were made by R H Partnership Architects (RHP).

Watch the film of the plans for Shelter Hall below:
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