The next stage of plans for the redevelopment of Devonshire Park, which will firmly establish Eastbourne as a cultural destination, have been approved by Eastbourne Borough Council in a landmark moment in the history of the town.
The £40 million scheme designed by Levitt Bernstein acting as lead designer and conversation architect with TrioPlus Sport & Leisure will include a new show court for international tennis events and enhanced facilities for players, restore and upgrade three listed theatres and provide world class conferencing and catering facilities. There will also be a new public plaza and high quality public realm acting as ‘honeypot’ for visitors and a link between the park and the seafront, for which Eastbourne is well known.
Central to the redevelopment is the new Welcome Building that will provide a fully accessible entrance to the theatres, two new large exhibition spaces, a central box office and catering facilities.
Cllr David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said:
“This scheme represents a game changer for Eastbourne. It will herald a new era for an area of the town that is fundamental to our long term prosperity and social well-being.”
The decision by Cabinet Councillors means that the project will now be submitted for planning at the end of 2015.