Brighton Hippodrome restoration moves closer

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A major restoration of one of Brighton’s most loved buildings could move a step closer this year.

Live Nation confirmed yesterday (February 24) it hopes to submit a planning application to turn The Hippodrome in Middle Street into one of the city’s main live music venues.

The proposal, which will cost more than £9 million, would see the 105-year-old Grade II* listed building transformed into a 2,000-capacity live music venue.

Terry Carnes, Live Nation UK’s property services director, said Brighton and Hove was “crying out” for a new space to see bands and comedy.

Mr Carnes said if they were not so passionate about the project the technical and cost difficulties could have seen them walk away.

Discussions ongoing The company has already spent a six-figure sum on structural, mechanical and acoustic engineering surveys.

Needed for Brighton

Mr Carnes said: “Without a shadow of a doubt this is needed for Brighton. If this was not of significant interest we would have left it by now.

“We want to be in Brighton.”

The Hippodrome was built in 1897 but has stood empty since 2007.

It has been used as an ice rink, a circus and a bingo hall, but most famously played host to The Beatles.

Mr Carnes said he has recently met with |officers from Brighton and Hove City Council, who are giving advice on planning and licensing issues.

He said if the proposals progress smoothly they are hoping to submit a planning application this year.

He said: “We have got to develop it sympathetically. The architect has produced more designs.”

Council leader Bill Randall said discussions with Live Nation were ongoing.

He added: “We would like to see this iconic building brought back into use.

"But we would emphasise that there are both licensing and planning issues which would have to be overcome if Live Nation’s vision for the building is to become reality.”

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12:20pm Sat 25 Feb 12

btnman says...

They must protect the Frank Matcham interiors - to important to lose.
They must protect the Frank Matcham interiors - to important to lose. btnman
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1:03pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Pebbles says...

Great news... but 2000 people all leaving at the same time in Middle Street???
Great news... but 2000 people all leaving at the same time in Middle Street??? Pebbles
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1:42pm Sat 25 Feb 12

deanaprior says...

Good luck to them
Good luck to them deanaprior
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2:07pm Sat 25 Feb 12

rolivan says...

There are parts of the centre of Brighton that need to be kept this is one of them.It is time to completely change the area from the Seafront to Preston Circus with buildings like those at the New England St Quarter, with more Accomodation above Commercial buildings instead of the Hotch Potch of Single and Multi storey Delapidated places that are currently there.Brighton and Hove is supposed to have City Status well its time to do something about it.While you are at it get rid of all of the Buses clogging up Churchill Sq,they dont all need to go there, some can go along the seafront between the Steine and Palmeira Sq.A lot of people have Oyster cards now so they can hop off one and get on another quite easily.It has become vey dangerous with Buses parked all over the place at Churchill Sq, double parked,Diagonally parked.
There are parts of the centre of Brighton that need to be kept this is one of them.It is time to completely change the area from the Seafront to Preston Circus with buildings like those at the New England St Quarter, with more Accomodation above Commercial buildings instead of the Hotch Potch of Single and Multi storey Delapidated places that are currently there.Brighton and Hove is supposed to have City Status well its time to do something about it.While you are at it get rid of all of the Buses clogging up Churchill Sq,they dont all need to go there, some can go along the seafront between the Steine and Palmeira Sq.A lot of people have Oyster cards now so they can hop off one and get on another quite easily.It has become vey dangerous with Buses parked all over the place at Churchill Sq, double parked,Diagonally parked. rolivan
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2:20pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Alisanderina says...

We desparately need a permenant ice rink in Brighton if not on this site but somewhere else. Everyone flocks to the ice rink at the Pavilion every winter and to the one at the Brighton Centre. The Black Rock site was ear marked for this a few years ago - does anyone know the latest on this?
We desparately need a permenant ice rink in Brighton if not on this site but somewhere else. Everyone flocks to the ice rink at the Pavilion every winter and to the one at the Brighton Centre. The Black Rock site was ear marked for this a few years ago - does anyone know the latest on this? Alisanderina
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4:13pm Sat 25 Feb 12

HJarrs says...

rolivan wrote:
There are parts of the centre of Brighton that need to be kept this is one of them.It is time to completely change the area from the Seafront to Preston Circus with buildings like those at the New England St Quarter, with more Accomodation above Commercial buildings instead of the Hotch Potch of Single and Multi storey Delapidated places that are currently there.Brighton and Hove is supposed to have City Status well its time to do something about it.While you are at it get rid of all of the Buses clogging up Churchill Sq,they dont all need to go there, some can go along the seafront between the Steine and Palmeira Sq.A lot of people have Oyster cards now so they can hop off one and get on another quite easily.It has become vey dangerous with Buses parked all over the place at Churchill Sq, double parked,Diagonally parked.
While true that sensative development with accommodation over shops would be a reasonable idea, we don't want an extension of the dreadfully poor design of the New England quarter. Poor planning and poor architecture.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: There are parts of the centre of Brighton that need to be kept this is one of them.It is time to completely change the area from the Seafront to Preston Circus with buildings like those at the New England St Quarter, with more Accomodation above Commercial buildings instead of the Hotch Potch of Single and Multi storey Delapidated places that are currently there.Brighton and Hove is supposed to have City Status well its time to do something about it.While you are at it get rid of all of the Buses clogging up Churchill Sq,they dont all need to go there, some can go along the seafront between the Steine and Palmeira Sq.A lot of people have Oyster cards now so they can hop off one and get on another quite easily.It has become vey dangerous with Buses parked all over the place at Churchill Sq, double parked,Diagonally parked.[/p][/quote]While true that sensative development with accommodation over shops would be a reasonable idea, we don't want an extension of the dreadfully poor design of the New England quarter. Poor planning and poor architecture. HJarrs
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7:50pm Sat 25 Feb 12

John Steed says...

desparately needed ice rink, thats a bit of an exageration yes it would be nice to have one but it is not desparately needed, housing is desparately needed everything else is more or less catered for.
as to 2000 people leaving at the same time. a serious number used to leave quite easily from sherrys night club and get home ok .
the public vote with their pockets the place gets done up if its good it will be used, if not it will be empty pretty soon and stand idle for another 5 years or more.
desparately needed ice rink, thats a bit of an exageration yes it would be nice to have one but it is not desparately needed, housing is desparately needed everything else is more or less catered for. as to 2000 people leaving at the same time. a serious number used to leave quite easily from sherrys night club and get home ok . the public vote with their pockets the place gets done up if its good it will be used, if not it will be empty pretty soon and stand idle for another 5 years or more. John Steed
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8:05pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Hovite says...

Alisanderina wrote:
We desparately need a permenant ice rink in Brighton if not on this site but somewhere else. Everyone flocks to the ice rink at the Pavilion every winter and to the one at the Brighton Centre. The Black Rock site was ear marked for this a few years ago - does anyone know the latest on this?
I think there is an ice rink being proposed for the King Alfred.

www.kingalfredicerin
k.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]Alisanderina[/bold] wrote: We desparately need a permenant ice rink in Brighton if not on this site but somewhere else. Everyone flocks to the ice rink at the Pavilion every winter and to the one at the Brighton Centre. The Black Rock site was ear marked for this a few years ago - does anyone know the latest on this?[/p][/quote]I think there is an ice rink being proposed for the King Alfred. www.kingalfredicerin k.co.uk Hovite
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8:06pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Hovite says...

I mean;
www.kingalfredicerin
k.co.uk
I mean; www.kingalfredicerin k.co.uk Hovite
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11:46pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Twittern Wanderer says...

Affordable Housing! NOW!~
Affordable Housing! NOW!~ Twittern Wanderer
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1:32am Sun 26 Feb 12

saveHOVE says...

How the New England Quarter can be invoked as a desirable template is beyond me.

Opposite New England House, there is a blank wall of buildings all the length of the street that must be a muggers paradise at night.

So blank that taxis struggle to find an address along there where there are no street numbers even. The whole area is ugly beyond what was there before!
How the New England Quarter can be invoked as a desirable template is beyond me. Opposite New England House, there is a blank wall of buildings all the length of the street that must be a muggers paradise at night. So blank that taxis struggle to find an address along there where there are no street numbers even. The whole area is ugly beyond what was there before! saveHOVE
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11:45am Sun 26 Feb 12

stir up says...

How great, I remember seeing Max Miller and several other great acts including Wilson Kepple and Betty, we used to pay a shilling (5p) to stand at the back downstairs. I so wish all those who have made remarks about other things on this page would get their acts together and comment on the article not voice their pet projects. Can they not see the benifit to the city of such a venue. Also yes to making sure the wonderful interior is kept. To see what dedicated restoration projects can do may I suggest you all have a look at a video on youtube with the title Gaiety Theatre and Opera House Isle of Mann. This project was in fact funded but the local authority.
How great, I remember seeing Max Miller and several other great acts including Wilson Kepple and Betty, we used to pay a shilling (5p) to stand at the back downstairs. I so wish all those who have made remarks about other things on this page would get their acts together and comment on the article not voice their pet projects. Can they not see the benifit to the city of such a venue. Also yes to making sure the wonderful interior is kept. To see what dedicated restoration projects can do may I suggest you all have a look at a video on youtube with the title Gaiety Theatre and Opera House Isle of Mann. This project was in fact funded but the local authority. stir up
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10:20pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Alisanderina says...

Hovite wrote:
I mean;
www.kingalfredicerin

k.co.uk
Thank you Hovite :)
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: I mean; www.kingalfredicerin k.co.uk[/p][/quote]Thank you Hovite :) Alisanderina
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6:57am Mon 27 Feb 12

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Wonderful building as it hosted 2,000 previously with a licence it is absolutely pathetic to day there are 'issues' There are 1,000 uglier places in Brighton that have a licence all efforts must be made to ensure costs of reopening are at a minimum to ensure that it DOES reopen & the sooner the better
Wonderful building as it hosted 2,000 previously with a licence it is absolutely pathetic to day there are 'issues' There are 1,000 uglier places in Brighton that have a licence all efforts must be made to ensure costs of reopening are at a minimum to ensure that it DOES reopen & the sooner the better ShorehamBeachcomber
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12:05pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Hovite says...

A similar venture was planned by another music company, can’t remember who, about 7 years ago but the main sticking point was the soundproofing of the venue.

Whilst the restoration was just about affordable the soundproofing was not.

Unfortunately some of the residents, who have chosen to live in the centre of Brighton, so they can live the city life on their doorstep, are the first to complain with regard to overspill of noise especially after specific times.

Anyway I wish this story was more direct with information of the licensing and planning issues concerned.

Do we need not to know these small details?

Maybe it would be helpful if the Argus and Bill Randall enlightened us on this, as the Hippodrome, historically, is a very important venue in our city?
A similar venture was planned by another music company, can’t remember who, about 7 years ago but the main sticking point was the soundproofing of the venue. Whilst the restoration was just about affordable the soundproofing was not. Unfortunately some of the residents, who have chosen to live in the centre of Brighton, so they can live the city life on their doorstep, are the first to complain with regard to overspill of noise especially after specific times. Anyway I wish this story was more direct with information of the licensing and planning issues concerned. Do we need not to know these small details? Maybe it would be helpful if the Argus and Bill Randall enlightened us on this, as the Hippodrome, historically, is a very important venue in our city? Hovite
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2:27pm Mon 27 Feb 12

davidbrianjones says...

comedy would be great there - remember, this is a building that witnessed charles chaplin, stan laurel and max wall
comedy would be great there - remember, this is a building that witnessed charles chaplin, stan laurel and max wall davidbrianjones
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