The most important unused theatre in the UK
We are working to develop and implement the plans put forward by Colliers International in the viability report we commissioned with other members of the Stakeholder Group (see News bulletin #12).
As the Colliers report puts it:
How exciting is that?
'I hope they do not pull the Hippodrome down and replace it with a block of flats.'
—Judy Cornwell, who made her debut as a dancer at the Hippodrome at the age of 15 and took the lead in Cinderella when the lead actress fell ill. [Quoted in The Argus 23 April 2016].
We are now using the grants we have raised to continue the introductory phase of surveys, architectural designs and financial planning.
We are also looking at the area around the Hippodrome with a small amount earmarked for work that we hope will lead to proposals for the regeneration of the whole Old Town conservation area.
We wish to thank the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove for a donation of £2,000 towards the cost of the options and viability report.
The 'big' funding push, including a submission to the Heritage Enterprise Scheme will be in the new year. The first phase of acquisition and restoration is expected to cost in the region of £7m-£8m.
Restoration for live performance and events is now the clear default option. We are continuing to work with our Stakeholder Group partners: Brighton and Hove City Council, The Theatres Trust, Historic England, the Frank Matcham Society and AMG to bring that about.
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Key dates in the Hippodrome's history are here. [Under revision]
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The OBH annual general meeting will be held on Saturday 9 July 2016 at 10:30 in Middle Street School, Middle Street, Brighton (opposite the Hippodrome).
Come along to hear about everything we have achieved in the past year and how we hope and expect to move forward over the next few months.
• . . . to all those, from Aberdeen to St Ives, who signed our most recent petition asking Brighton and Hove City Council to support the OBH campaign. Isn't it great that they are now doing so?
• . . . to all who have become members of OBH. Now please tell your friends to join you.
If you haven't already, here's a reminder:
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We do not want to be entirely dependent on grants, valuable as they are. It is important to show to funding agencies that we have the support of the community. You can help towards this goal by donating even a small amount. For details, click → here.
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Image: The ceiling of the main Hippodrome auditorium
Page updated 11 December 2015