Completion of restoration work on the Studio Theater in Brighton Dome Brighton News

According to Brighton and Hove City Council, the cleaning and restoration work on the exterior of the historic Studio Theater, which is part of the Grade II listed building, has been completed.

The building, formerly known as the Pavilion Theater, was steam cleaned and repaired as part of the Royal Pavilion Estate Regeneration Project – a partnership between City Council, Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival and Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust.

A team from PAYE Stonework and Restoration began by cleaning the building with superheated pressure washing, followed by a mixture of air, sand and water, a preservation method used to remove dirt without damaging the masonry.

Site manager Rob Kember said: “You would be surprised how many additional repairs become apparent after you remove the dirt from the surface. ”

Other repairs included removing non-stainless steel fixtures and fittings that had pockmarked the masonry as they had eroded and repairing water damage to the original 86-year-old roof.

The roof is now undergoing major repairs, with a planning request submitted to replace with a new copper roof.

Various mortar mixes were used in repairs to the dome, windows and walls, given the history of the theater, its prevailing winds and salty air.

The Studio Theater was erected in 1935 as part of architect Robert Atkinson’s Art Deco renovation of the Brighton Dome Concert Hall and the Corn Exchange.

It was originally used as a dining room, with kitchens for receptions and as additional space for conferences, public meetings and dinners.

By the late 1950s, the building had been converted into the Pavilion Theater and hosted overflowing Corn Exchange exhibits, as well as smaller performances, community events and competitions.

It was eventually rebranded as Studio Theater in 2012 to reflect Brighton Dome’s artistic lineup.

“The Studio Theater stood out from other buildings of its time for its unique features and different styles,” said Rob.

“From the crenellated style windows to the parapet that runs along the roof, it mimics the character of the royal pavilion and all that surrounds it.

“I am proud that with our help, something that has been around for a long time can stand for hundreds of years to come.

“If we’ve done it right, it should fit in. Some people won’t even notice we’ve been there.”

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This notice was published: 2021-08-25 12:56:05

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