• Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange
  • Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange
  • Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange
  • Brighton Dome Interior (Image Credit: Jim Stephenson)
  • Brighton Dome Exterior (Image Credit: Murray Scott)
  • Brighton Dome Signage and Entrance (Image Credit: Jim Stephenson)

A sensitive refurbishment and development of a listed arts complex

Brighton Dome


Project summary


Originally built between 1803 and 1808 as the Prince Regent’s stables and riding house, the listed Brighton Dome has had many guises over its 200-year history – a stable block, a temporary hospital, a roller-skating rink and now the South Coast’s leading multi-arts venue. The complex of buildings is home to the Dome Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.


Following our initial concept design study in 2012, Charcoalblue were appointed as part of the Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios team to develop a design that will see the Brighton Dome complex renovated to meet the demands of the diverse programme undertaken by Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.


The project is focused on the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre, as well as the foyers and front of house spaces, linking the whole site together to open-up this historical gem and provide greater access and interpretation of the building. The Corn Exchange will be fitted with a new seating pit, retractable seating unit and flexible truss arrangement, exposing the historic interior of the building whilst improving flexibility to accommodate seated performances, standing concerts, events and exhibitions. The studio theatre will benefit from a new fixed balcony and retractable seating along with new back-of-house facilities.