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116 new Brighton jobs to be created by Royal Pavilion revamp

The Argus: 116 new Brighotn jobs to be created by Royal Pavilion revamp 116 new Brighotn jobs to be created by Royal Pavilion revamp

A major revamp of one of the city's most famous buildings will boost spending and create jobs, according to new figures.

Bosses at the Royal Pavilion Estate in Brighton say the extra visitors attracted by planned improvements will add £6 million a year to the coffers of businesses in the city.

Project leaders at the iconic buildings believe the masterplan will create 116 new jobs and 60 new apprenticeships in tourism related business.

They have asked the Heritage Lottery Fund for around £14 million towards a planned £35 million makeover of the gardens and buildings at the former palace of George IV.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is expected to make a decision by May next year.

The Arts Council has ring-fenced £5.8 million towards the upgrade project and managers at the Royal Pavilion Estate are planning a fund raising campaign.

Details of the masterplan were revealed in The Argus last year.

When the work begins it is expected to involve 277 construction jobs and 44 construction apprentices.

The Royal Pavilion Estate's economic impact to the city is currently around £62 million per year and the Pavilion Estate and Dome complex employs more than 370 people.

The plans have provoked controversy over the future of the Pavilion Gardens cafe.

The Sewell family has operated a cafe in the gardens since 1941.

Mr Comben said the Royal Pavilion and Dome management were talking to the family about moving the cafe to a new site within the grounds, but boss at the cafe David Sewell insists it cannot be moved.

Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said the project would see visitors to the Pavilion and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery rise by 20% to 1.59 million people a year.

He said: “The project will make the estate financially sustainable for the long-term and give a significant boost to Brighton and Hove's economic, tourism and cultural aspirations.

“As we know, Brighton and Hove's creative industries translate directly into employment and prosperity for our whole city.

“Our plan for the Royal Pavilion Estate builds on that contribution in a very compelling way and we look forward to securing its future.”

Janita Bagshawe, head of museums and Royal Pavilion said: “The master plan project is about the development of this world class heritage site and ensuring it has long term financial resilience which sustains it for the city.”

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6:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

twonk says...

Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it.
Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it. twonk
  • Score: 2

7:56am Wed 22 Jan 14

hoveguyactually says...

Maybe the change of name is another of the council's bright ideas. After all, they have caused enough chaos in the town to make it almost unrecognisable, so why not that as well?
Meanwhile, isn't it time the local ratepayers were told what the plans are for the
Royal Pavilion Estate? I am certainly not going to renew my subscription to the Royal Pavilion until I know the future, especially with regard to the cafe. It is like a pleasant oasis in a noisy crowded town and an antidote to the preponderance of ghastly overpriced Starbucks and other chains.
Maybe the change of name is another of the council's bright ideas. After all, they have caused enough chaos in the town to make it almost unrecognisable, so why not that as well? Meanwhile, isn't it time the local ratepayers were told what the plans are for the Royal Pavilion Estate? I am certainly not going to renew my subscription to the Royal Pavilion until I know the future, especially with regard to the cafe. It is like a pleasant oasis in a noisy crowded town and an antidote to the preponderance of ghastly overpriced Starbucks and other chains. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 15

8:00am Wed 22 Jan 14

john newman says...

In favour of boosting the tourism. More people means more trade . More trade could result in more jobs. HOWEVER with a dilapidated Pool Valley, poor rail service especially at weekends, and struggling road network into Brighton with high parking charges we need to address these problems now!
In favour of boosting the tourism. More people means more trade . More trade could result in more jobs. HOWEVER with a dilapidated Pool Valley, poor rail service especially at weekends, and struggling road network into Brighton with high parking charges we need to address these problems now! john newman
  • Score: 22

8:51am Wed 22 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Why not ask BHCC for a loan? They seem to have a lot to splash about and at least it would go to a decent cause this time.
Why not ask BHCC for a loan? They seem to have a lot to splash about and at least it would go to a decent cause this time. Crystal Ball
  • Score: 5

9:57am Wed 22 Jan 14

Jo Wadsworth says...

twonk wrote:
Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it.
My bad, now corrected. Sorry folks!
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it.[/p][/quote]My bad, now corrected. Sorry folks! Jo Wadsworth
  • Score: 9

10:20am Wed 22 Jan 14

MikeyA says...

Jo Wadsworth wrote:
twonk wrote:
Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it.
My bad, now corrected. Sorry folks!
Your 'bad' what? Don't you mean 'my error' or 'my mistake'? I would expect a journalist to be able to write in comprehensible English.
[quote][p][bold]Jo Wadsworth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Brighotn, is that a new town? I can't say I've heard of it.[/p][/quote]My bad, now corrected. Sorry folks![/p][/quote]Your 'bad' what? Don't you mean 'my error' or 'my mistake'? I would expect a journalist to be able to write in comprehensible English. MikeyA
  • Score: -4

10:42am Wed 22 Jan 14

Morpheus says...

What are they actually going to do to create these jobs? Tell us the full story.
What are they actually going to do to create these jobs? Tell us the full story. Morpheus
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Richada says...

Why do they want to move the cafe?

How much will it cost to move the cafe and is there a justification for this cost?

By all means attract tourism to the town, but spending money to fix something that isn't broken does not make sense.

Sadly as others have pointed out, the infastructure, particularly Poole Valley, does little to enhance the city in the eyes of tourists.
Why do they want to move the cafe? How much will it cost to move the cafe and is there a justification for this cost? By all means attract tourism to the town, but spending money to fix something that isn't broken does not make sense. Sadly as others have pointed out, the infastructure, particularly Poole Valley, does little to enhance the city in the eyes of tourists. Richada
  • Score: 11

1:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

"Janita(corr) Bagshawe(corr), head of museums and Royal Pavilion" - was that bit written by Sid James?
"Janita(corr) Bagshawe(corr), head of museums and Royal Pavilion" - was that bit written by Sid James? Roundbill
  • Score: 2

2:56pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Friends of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe says...

Yes, they want to destroy a cafe and patio loved and used for over fifty years by its community.

There is no need to destroy the cafe as it is. The bid can go ahead without that.

The intransigence is coming from Andrew Comben and the bid team who simply need to be a bit more flexible with their "master" plan.

We are fighting to keep a cafe and community that has its own heritage in the gardens.
Yes, they want to destroy a cafe and patio loved and used for over fifty years by its community. There is no need to destroy the cafe as it is. The bid can go ahead without that. The intransigence is coming from Andrew Comben and the bid team who simply need to be a bit more flexible with their "master" plan. We are fighting to keep a cafe and community that has its own heritage in the gardens. Friends of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe
  • Score: 19

3:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Kedge says...

Sure as eggs is eggs if this vainglorious development goes ahead we'll be facing charges to get into what was once a freely-accessible public space..
Sure as eggs is eggs if this vainglorious development goes ahead we'll be facing charges to get into what was once a freely-accessible public space.. Kedge
  • Score: 17

3:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Phani Tikkala says...

A 20% increase seems er…. unlikely to put it mildly. As does 60 new apprenticeships - how many people does it take to show people round the pavilion?

More pie in the sky figures….
A 20% increase seems er…. unlikely to put it mildly. As does 60 new apprenticeships - how many people does it take to show people round the pavilion? More pie in the sky figures…. Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Carolma says...

It is not just David Sewell but some 6000 customers of the Pavilion Cafe who are against this plan to 'relocate' (or eliminate) the cafe. Many of us have been coming to the cafe for decades and look forward each spring to seeing it re-open for the season. Our children and grandchildren have grown up loving the cafe and the gardens. The place is always full of happy customers. Brighton would be a sorrier place without the cafe and the freedom to wander in the gardens. The Pavilion and Dome will, no doubt, be under pressure from Peyton and Byrne to get rid of any competition, but commercial strong-arm tactics must not be allowed to destroy an important part of our community heritage. Lobby the Heritage Lottery Fund. If the plan is turned down, a better plan can be submitted at a later date.
It is not just David Sewell but some 6000 customers of the Pavilion Cafe who are against this plan to 'relocate' (or eliminate) the cafe. Many of us have been coming to the cafe for decades and look forward each spring to seeing it re-open for the season. Our children and grandchildren have grown up loving the cafe and the gardens. The place is always full of happy customers. Brighton would be a sorrier place without the cafe and the freedom to wander in the gardens. The Pavilion and Dome will, no doubt, be under pressure from Peyton and Byrne to get rid of any competition, but commercial strong-arm tactics must not be allowed to destroy an important part of our community heritage. Lobby the Heritage Lottery Fund. If the plan is turned down, a better plan can be submitted at a later date. Carolma
  • Score: 22

6:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

WillHay says...

"Mr Comben said the Royal Pavilion and Dome management were talking to the family about moving the cafe to a new site within the grounds, but boss at the cafe David Sewell insists it cannot be moved"

Almost sounds like they were giving him a choice doesn't it?
"Mr Comben said the Royal Pavilion and Dome management were talking to the family about moving the cafe to a new site within the grounds, but boss at the cafe David Sewell insists it cannot be moved" Almost sounds like they were giving him a choice doesn't it? WillHay
  • Score: 6

6:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hove Actually says...

Are they counting the "unpaid jobs" they have created for those Brighton seafront information tourist officers?

Or maybe the figure includes all those people to help the 8000000 visitors who will be needed to make a brass farthing from the donut on a stick thing they want to build
Are they counting the "unpaid jobs" they have created for those Brighton seafront information tourist officers? Or maybe the figure includes all those people to help the 8000000 visitors who will be needed to make a brass farthing from the donut on a stick thing they want to build Hove Actually
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

sandy27 says...

I'm pleased that the Royal Pavilion Estate revamp will create new jobs and bring more tourists to the city of Brighton.
I am very unhappy that the Pavilion Gardens Cafe may be moved elsewhere within the gardens,to possibly make way for a new entrance and visitors centre in New Road.Surely the place for this is near the Pavilion itself.
I believe that there have been meetings with David Sewell,but I don't believe that he's been given very much information,if any,about the future of his cafe.I think this is the council ticking boxes to say that they have met with him.I think that considering David Sewell's family's long association with the Pavilion Gardens,it's shameful that he has been put under so much pressure,wondering what the future holds for his business.
The article says "boss at the cafe David Sewell insists that cafe cannot be moved" this sentence certainly gives the wrong impression of David Sewell,who is in fact a very nice and reasonable person,who has a huge amount of well deserved public support.
I for one don't want the Pavilion Gardens Cafe and it's patio moved or changed in any way.It's a glorious spot to sit on a summer's day,or any other season for that matter,an oasis in the heart of the city.
I'm pleased that the Royal Pavilion Estate revamp will create new jobs and bring more tourists to the city of Brighton. I am very unhappy that the Pavilion Gardens Cafe may be moved elsewhere within the gardens,to possibly make way for a new entrance and visitors centre in New Road.Surely the place for this is near the Pavilion itself. I believe that there have been meetings with David Sewell,but I don't believe that he's been given very much information,if any,about the future of his cafe.I think this is the council ticking boxes to say that they have met with him.I think that considering David Sewell's family's long association with the Pavilion Gardens,it's shameful that he has been put under so much pressure,wondering what the future holds for his business. The article says "boss at the cafe David Sewell insists that cafe cannot be moved" this sentence certainly gives the wrong impression of David Sewell,who is in fact a very nice and reasonable person,who has a huge amount of well deserved public support. I for one don't want the Pavilion Gardens Cafe and it's patio moved or changed in any way.It's a glorious spot to sit on a summer's day,or any other season for that matter,an oasis in the heart of the city. sandy27
  • Score: 10

9:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

jenny100 says...

sandy27 wrote:
I'm pleased that the Royal Pavilion Estate revamp will create new jobs and bring more tourists to the city of Brighton.
I am very unhappy that the Pavilion Gardens Cafe may be moved elsewhere within the gardens,to possibly make way for a new entrance and visitors centre in New Road.Surely the place for this is near the Pavilion itself.
I believe that there have been meetings with David Sewell,but I don't believe that he's been given very much information,if any,about the future of his cafe.I think this is the council ticking boxes to say that they have met with him.I think that considering David Sewell's family's long association with the Pavilion Gardens,it's shameful that he has been put under so much pressure,wondering what the future holds for his business.
The article says "boss at the cafe David Sewell insists that cafe cannot be moved" this sentence certainly gives the wrong impression of David Sewell,who is in fact a very nice and reasonable person,who has a huge amount of well deserved public support.
I for one don't want the Pavilion Gardens Cafe and it's patio moved or changed in any way.It's a glorious spot to sit on a summer's day,or any other season for that matter,an oasis in the heart of the city.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]sandy27[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased that the Royal Pavilion Estate revamp will create new jobs and bring more tourists to the city of Brighton. I am very unhappy that the Pavilion Gardens Cafe may be moved elsewhere within the gardens,to possibly make way for a new entrance and visitors centre in New Road.Surely the place for this is near the Pavilion itself. I believe that there have been meetings with David Sewell,but I don't believe that he's been given very much information,if any,about the future of his cafe.I think this is the council ticking boxes to say that they have met with him.I think that considering David Sewell's family's long association with the Pavilion Gardens,it's shameful that he has been put under so much pressure,wondering what the future holds for his business. The article says "boss at the cafe David Sewell insists that cafe cannot be moved" this sentence certainly gives the wrong impression of David Sewell,who is in fact a very nice and reasonable person,who has a huge amount of well deserved public support. I for one don't want the Pavilion Gardens Cafe and it's patio moved or changed in any way.It's a glorious spot to sit on a summer's day,or any other season for that matter,an oasis in the heart of the city.[/p][/quote]Well said. jenny100
  • Score: 5

9:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

jenny100 says...

In relation to the proposed changes for the cafe, as has been said before, why fix what isn't broken?

The cafe in its current position and building is perfect and an important and integral part of the 'estate'.

When will plans for the scheme be available so that we can see what exactly is being proposed?
In relation to the proposed changes for the cafe, as has been said before, why fix what isn't broken? The cafe in its current position and building is perfect and an important and integral part of the 'estate'. When will plans for the scheme be available so that we can see what exactly is being proposed? jenny100
  • Score: 8

10:26pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Drummer2 says...

Who in Brighton is in favour of this? Who in Brighton has asked for this? Who is behind this article - which is nothing short of council propaganda? There is currently a petition with thousands of signatures against the destruction (yes, destruction) of the cafe spot which has lasted generations and is a much loved part of the city. Councillors are elected to serve the city. Democracy works from the bottom up, not the other way. If there is an equal clamour for 'improvement', 'more tourist industry jobs' and 'change' where is it? The council are also proposing to spend millions of ratepayers money on the i360 tower. Who voted for that? Personally I would rather the council concentrated on services rather than vanity projects and un-necessary fiddling about with much loved institutions. They will be voted out next election that's for sure.
Who in Brighton is in favour of this? Who in Brighton has asked for this? Who is behind this article - which is nothing short of council propaganda? There is currently a petition with thousands of signatures against the destruction (yes, destruction) of the cafe spot which has lasted generations and is a much loved part of the city. Councillors are elected to serve the city. Democracy works from the bottom up, not the other way. If there is an equal clamour for 'improvement', 'more tourist industry jobs' and 'change' where is it? The council are also proposing to spend millions of ratepayers money on the i360 tower. Who voted for that? Personally I would rather the council concentrated on services rather than vanity projects and un-necessary fiddling about with much loved institutions. They will be voted out next election that's for sure. Drummer2
  • Score: 11

4:23am Sun 26 Jan 14

ken standing says...

The people of Brighton and Hove don't want this despoliation of one of if not the nicest place in Brighton. Who do these Council tyrants think they are that they have a right to ruin our Brighton. The beautiful and pleasant Gardens and Café are a big tourist asset as they are. I don't think a dull modern 'Gateway-Visitor Centre-Welcome-Reail
-Peytonandburn' bloc/building with associate modern paving will do much to enhance a World Heritage Site.

The Pavilion and Gardens pay their way by being a famous attraction in their own right just as they are. There will be tears before this ends, not to mention drastic scenes. Brighton & Hove Council, why don't you do what we voters want you to do?
The people of Brighton and Hove don't want this despoliation of one of if not the nicest place in Brighton. Who do these Council tyrants think they are that they have a right to ruin our Brighton. The beautiful and pleasant Gardens and Café are a big tourist asset as they are. I don't think a dull modern 'Gateway-Visitor Centre-Welcome-Reail -Peytonandburn' bloc/building with associate modern paving will do much to enhance a World Heritage Site. The Pavilion and Gardens pay their way by being a famous attraction in their own right just as they are. There will be tears before this ends, not to mention drastic scenes. Brighton & Hove Council, why don't you do what we voters want you to do? ken standing
  • Score: 2

4:25am Sun 26 Jan 14

ken standing says...

Opinion is overwhelmingly against this. The people of Brighton and Hove don't want this despoliation of one of if not the nicest place in Brighton. Who do these Council tyrants think they are that they have a right to ruin our Brighton. The beautiful and pleasant Gardens and Café are a big tourist asset as they are. I don't think a dull modern 'Gateway-Visitor Centre-Welcome-Reail Opportunity-Peytonan
dbyrne' bloc/building with associate modern paving will do much to enhance a World Heritage Site. Job creation is a blatantly spurious red herring

The Pavilion and Gardens pay their way by being a famous attraction in their own right just as they are. There will be tears before this ends, not to mention drastic scenes. Brighton & Hove Council, why don't you do what we voters want you to do?
Opinion is overwhelmingly against this. The people of Brighton and Hove don't want this despoliation of one of if not the nicest place in Brighton. Who do these Council tyrants think they are that they have a right to ruin our Brighton. The beautiful and pleasant Gardens and Café are a big tourist asset as they are. I don't think a dull modern 'Gateway-Visitor Centre-Welcome-Reail Opportunity-Peytonan dbyrne' bloc/building with associate modern paving will do much to enhance a World Heritage Site. Job creation is a blatantly spurious red herring The Pavilion and Gardens pay their way by being a famous attraction in their own right just as they are. There will be tears before this ends, not to mention drastic scenes. Brighton & Hove Council, why don't you do what we voters want you to do? ken standing
  • Score: 0

4:32am Sun 26 Jan 14

ken standing says...

"A major revamp of one of the city's most famous buildings will boost spending and create jobs, according to new figures. "

Ha! ..... those 'figures' are no doubt from the New Institute of Dodgy Statistics .......
"A major revamp of one of the city's most famous buildings will boost spending and create jobs, according to new figures. " Ha! ..... those 'figures' are no doubt from the New Institute of Dodgy Statistics ....... ken standing
  • Score: 2

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