£54 million transformation at Devonshire Park

Devonshire Park Development

All systems go for £54 million Devonshire Park transformation.
Devonshire Park Centre, eastbourne, Redevelopment

The redevelopment will create first-class cultural, conferencing and sporting facilities known as The Devonshire Park Quarter.

The Welcome Building

Welcome Building




The new Welcome Building will provide a fully accessible entrance to the Congress Theatre, including lifts to every floor, two new large conference spaces, a central box office, breakout and hospitality areas and a coffee and wine bar with views across the tennis lawns to the International Tennis Centre.

In addition to the construction of the brand new Welcome Building, the existing Grade II* Listed buildings, Devonshire Park Theatre, Congress Theatre and the Winter Garden will be extensively restored. This will include improvements to the accessible infrastructure between the Gold Room and the Floral Hall with additional meeting rooms created where the current administration offices are housed.

Architects Levitt Bernstein have been appointed to lead the design team and they will continue for the duration of the project.

Improvements to the Congress Theatre and construction of the new Welcome Building is underway, with staggered restorations to the Winter Garden from 2018 and full completion due by 2020. 

The original Fitness Centre at Devonshire Park was demolished last year and has been replaced with new larger state-of-the-art tennis players' facilities. Outside the tennis tournament season, this building will form part of the conference and events offer at Devonshire Park.

Excellence Award for Congress Theatre Restoration

Works have already been underway at Devonshire Park with the project to restore the front of the Grade II* listed Congress Theatre scooping an Excellence Award for design and innovation.

The scheme won the refurbishment category of the Schueco Excellence Awards 2016, run in conjunction with the Journal of the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA), with the panel of judges praising the accomplished way the team worked with the listed fabric of the theatre.

Retail Revolution

As well as the Devonshire Park Centre development of the cultural quarter, Eastbourne town centre's shopping hub, the Arndale Centre is also enjoying investment with an £85 million transformation due for completion in 2018.

It's very much business as usual during this transition with a great selection of shopping favourites and restaurants at your convenience.

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