New copper roof approved for Brighton Dome Studio Theater Brighton News

The new roof will see the Studio Theater protected and restored to its former glory as part of the major renovation of the Brighton Dome.

Built in 1935, the Grade II listed building in New Road, Brighton, was originally used as a dining room for the Corn Exchange and later converted into a theater in the 1950s.

The Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee approved proposals to provide a new copper roof on September 1.

The roof has been repaired in recent years, but the copper has continued to break and is now “too fragile to repair,” according to the city council.

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“Making the roof safe and waterproof will also protect the building in the long run,” a city council spokesperson said.

The pyramid shaped roof will initially look different as the new metal will be a shiny copper color.

This will turn dull and take on a soft brown within the first year and will continue to turn back to the soft mint green of the existing roof as the metal ages naturally.

As part of the work, the old copper will be recycled by the roofer.

Councilor Martin Osborne said replacing the copper on the Studio Theater will provide a unique opportunity to see what the roof looked like when it was originally built.

“This will secure the long-term future of the building so that visitors can enjoy it for years to come,” he said.

“It’s great to see the restoration take shape, with work that can continue during the pandemic. When the places reopen, they will make a significant contribution to the city’s cultural recovery.

The roof upgrades are part of the Royal Pavilion Estate regeneration project – a partnership between Brighton and Hove City Council, the Brighton Dome, the Brighton Festival and the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust.

The project aims to revitalize the area and secure its future as a world-class cultural destination.

The first phase of the project is coming to an end with Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, originally built as a merry-go-round in the early 19th century for the Prince Regent, undergoing extensive restoration and renovation.

Further phases will see improvements to the Royal Pavilion Garden and the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

The Royal Pavilion Estate project recently completed specialized work to clean and restore the exterior of the Studio Theater.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-04 04:00:00

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