CONTRACTORS have been appointed as part of a £35 million pound Devonshire Park development project in Eastbourne.

The firm Faithful+Gould has been chosen to project manage the restoration of the Congress Theatre facade, which involves installing specialist glazing and replacing window frames at the Grade II* listed venue.

Consultants Focus haves been appointed as project managers for the broader Devonshire Park master plan and will manage the next stage of the design and business planning, which also incorporates the upgrading and layout of tennis courts.

The designs for the entire redevelopment, costing between £30 million and £35 million, will be finalised by March 2015 with work expected to begin in 2017.

East Sussex County Councillor David Tutt said: “I’m delighted our master plan for a new, vibrant Devonshire Park has taken another step forward.

“It is an extremely exciting project which will make Eastbourne an even more attractive place to live and visit for many years to come.”