Brighton Hippodrome on danger list

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Restoring one of Brighton's most treasured buildings will cost more than £9 million.

The Theatre’s Trust has added The Hippodrome in Middle Street to the 2010 list of buildings that needs special attention.

The Grade II* former ice rink, circus, theatre and bingo hall has been empty since 2007.

The Academy Music Group wants to turn it into Brighton’s main live music venue but the bill to renovate it is expected to top £9 million.

Mark Price, planning and heritage advisor for The Theatre’s Trust, said: “We want to highlight the plight of the Hippodrome.

“It has been vacant for some time and the plaster work inside is now falling off. I know the leaseholders are working to repair it but it is a difficult project.”

The building is being leased from Cheval Properties to the Academy Music Group that runs venues such as the Brixton Academy in London.

A spokesman for the Trust said restoring it as a music venue would be very costly.

He said: “There are sound containment issues. It will be very expensive to create the acoustic shell needed to stop noise disturbing residents.

There are residential properties all down one side of the street. But we do think Academy Music Group are the best people for the job.”

Terry Carnes, UK property services director for Live Nation, which is working with AMG on the Hippodrome, said that so far £500,000 had been spent investigating howit could be turned into a music venue.

He said: “Simply making it soundproofed would cost an estimated £3 million and in total we would expect the project to cost around £9.5 million.

“We are only in the early stages at the moment but we would like to be the company that pulls it off.”

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9:01pm Sat 17 Jul 10

miasc says...

another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier
another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier miasc
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11:05pm Sat 17 Jul 10

Cunning Stunt says...

This IS Brighton!.....The end of the line.
This IS Brighton!.....The end of the line. Cunning Stunt
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10:45am Sun 18 Jul 10

mark by the sea says...

left to fall down, i would expect fire soon or squaters, the council should do something about the way developers alllow property to fall into such a state that only demolition is viable, plaster does not fall off walls unless there is movement or water involved.
left to fall down, i would expect fire soon or squaters, the council should do something about the way developers alllow property to fall into such a state that only demolition is viable, plaster does not fall off walls unless there is movement or water involved. mark by the sea
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11:25am Sun 18 Jul 10

mtmoocher says...

Surely if they freely admit plaster is falling, then it is time for enforcement action before this historic grade 2* building goes the way of the Astoria, Regent & Essoldo to name but a few.
Surely if they freely admit plaster is falling, then it is time for enforcement action before this historic grade 2* building goes the way of the Astoria, Regent & Essoldo to name but a few. mtmoocher
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4:17pm Sun 18 Jul 10

censored says...

They wanted to turn it into an Academy venue in February 2007 too.

Frankly, I don't want a large company to come in an steal shows away from our incredible council-owned Dome venue, the city can't support two venues of this size and the might of Academy would no-doubt win.

What we do need is support for smaller venue that we're quickly losing, such as the Gloucester/Barfly, Freebutt and Engine Rooms.
They wanted to turn it into an Academy venue in February 2007 too. Frankly, I don't want a large company to come in an steal shows away from our incredible council-owned Dome venue, the city can't support two venues of this size and the might of Academy would no-doubt win. What we do need is support for smaller venue that we're quickly losing, such as the Gloucester/Barfly, Freebutt and Engine Rooms. censored
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6:01pm Sun 18 Jul 10

Wiggsy says...

miasc wrote:
another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier
Yup, completely agree
[quote][p][bold]miasc[/bold] wrote: another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier[/p][/quote]Yup, completely agree Wiggsy
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1:25am Tue 20 Jul 10

Tally Ho! says...

Wiggsy wrote:
miasc wrote:
another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier
Yup, completely agree
it is NEVER going tohappen.....This Council is just the same as every one we have had in the past...attend one of the planning meetings... Laughable... as they complain and argue about the Sandwiches, it being too Hot/Cold, why is the water never chilled or ice available....it goes on and on and they are all either intellectually challenged busy bodies...unintereste
d...or.. have.. 'conflicts of interest' This newspaper could expose some of it...but that would be...too newspaperish...
[quote][p][bold]Wiggsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miasc[/bold] wrote: another beautiful Brighton property left to rot for years till its to late to restore the beatles and the stones played here, max miller and many others come on brighton council or national heritage get a grip and save this before it ends like the west pier[/p][/quote]Yup, completely agree[/p][/quote]it is NEVER going tohappen.....This Council is just the same as every one we have had in the past...attend one of the planning meetings... Laughable... as they complain and argue about the Sandwiches, it being too Hot/Cold, why is the water never chilled or ice available....it goes on and on and they are all either intellectually challenged busy bodies...unintereste d...or.. have.. 'conflicts of interest' This newspaper could expose some of it...but that would be...too newspaperish... Tally Ho!
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