Plans submitted for the transformation of the Brighton Hippodrome

Ambitious plans to transform Brighton’s historic hippodrome have been put to council.

The Lambor family, who bought the building in October 2020, have now submitted their proposals to Brighton and Hove City Council for a full refurbishment of the venue.

The Brighton family are proposing to restore and refurbish the Hippodrome and begin partial demolition and extension work to create a new ‘mixed-use’ development.

These include a “multi-format” performance space, office space, a restaurant/cafe with rooftop bar and terrace, and the creation of a new “apart-hotel” building on Schiffsstrasse that will include three to seven floors of retail space on the ground floor.

The Hippodrome Fly-Tower would be converted to provide serviced office space, and the Hippodrome House would also be converted to provide a bar, members’ club with outdoor patio, and a 16-room aparthotel and “other associated works”.

The Argus: An Aerial View of the HippodromeAn aerial view of the Hippodrome

According to the planning documents, the front facade and all elements of the Hippodrome’s main space are retained inside, as well as all key features of the Matcham Variety Theater design.

The design statement described the concept for the venue as one that “Brighton has been missing for decades”.

“The restoration of the Hippodrome will result in a new high quality public space, enriched by new active facades of the proposed development and populated by the increased visitor traffic created by this new leisure destination,” it said.

The Argus: An artist's rendering of Middle Street's public spaceAn artist’s rendering of Middle Street’s public space

“The concept for the venue is what Brighton has lacked for decades. The scale and grandeur of a well designed venue will allow for a capacity that the city lacks.

“It will complement the city’s portfolio of venues to accommodate the growth of the cultural and conference calendar.”

Read more: Fatboy Slim hopes to headline Hippodrome as opening date announced

The Lambors, who operate Matsim Properties, have already spent millions on the restoration, with work already underway to stabilize the building, waterproof the roof, and remove and treat dry rot.

The Argus: Work has already been done to stabilize the buildingWork has already been carried out to stabilize the building

Middle Street Theater’s new look is expected to be unveiled on November 22, 2024.

The date was chosen as November marks 60 years since the last live performance at the venue, believed to be singer-songwriter Chuck Berry.

Hove DJ Fatboy Slim has already confirmed that he wants to play at the opening of the listed building.

Throughout its lifespan, since opening in 1896, the Hippodrome has been used as an ice rink, a circus and, in later years, even a bingo hall.

After its closure in 2006, it fell into disrepair. Plans submitted for the transformation of the Brighton Hippodrome

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