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19 December 2018

Shelter Hall shapes up on the seafront

Work is now well underway to re-build the Shelter Hall on Brighton & Hove’s seafront.

After two years of work to demolish the original building, strengthen the historic Kings Road arches, support the upper promenade and prevent the seafront road from collapse, the new Shelter Hall is emerging from behind the hoardings.

A new venue for our world famous seafront

The Hall is larger than the previous building, with two internal floors, a rotunda on top and a roof terrace. The building will also incorporate new public toilets.

The multi million pound project is part of the council’s Seafront Investment Programme and is being funded from government grants including a £9 million investment award from the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, borrowing and council money. 

The new Shelter Hall will provide a fantastic new restaurant and venue for the city, with its mezzanine floor, terrace and stunning seafront views. 

The Rotunda and roof terrace on the upper prom will house a new café. 

The public toilets will be located on the lower promenade, where a new walkway and seafront wall has already been created. The busy West Street junction is also being remodelled to help people and traffic flow more smoothly.

Expressions of interest in the two new business premises can be submitted from February next year.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “Following two years of extensive and complex engineering work to strengthen the seafront road and stabilise the ground, it’s exciting to see the new Shelter Hall taking shape.

“The Hall and Rotunda will be fantastic additions to our world famous seafront which already attracts millions of visitors each year.”

The computer-generated images were provided by R H Partnership Architects (RHP).

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