Brighton Dome

Brighton, UK

A sensitive refurbishment and development of a listed arts complex.

A spacious wooden hall with a vaulted ceiling showcasing exposed metal trusses and stage lighting equipment. The hall features large arched windows with intricate stained glass designs, allowing natural light to filter in and highlight the wood grain walls. Three individuals stand conversing in the center, on the polished wooden floor, lending scale to the grandeur of the interior space.

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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, home to the Dome Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

Following our initial concept design study in 2012, we were appointed as part of the architect team to develop a design that will see the Brighton Dome complex renovated to meet the demands of the diverse program undertaken by Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.

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

Prior to the renovation works, the Dome Concert Hall, Corn Exchange, and Studio Theatre spaces were constrained in their use and scheduling, due to noise transfer issues between them; the acoustic design includes operational and theatre design improvements which integrate new sound-separating floor and wall constructions for the Studio, as well as new sound and light lobbies fitted with acoustically rated door assemblies throughout the building, to alleviate this issue. Architectural improvements to the Corn Exchange will integrate incremental improvements to the sound separation properties of the walls and roof construction, while the new Creation Space will include a resiliently-supported concrete screed and inner wall construction to provide a high level of sound separation to the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. These works will also aid minimise the risk of noise disturbance at the neighbouring sensitive receptors.

“This work will allow Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival to continue to contribute to making the city and the county we live in a world-class destination for people everywhere.”

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

Project Details


Brighton Dome




November 2023

An empty modern auditorium with a wooden floor, tiered retractable seating in black, and white decorative ceiling. The room is lit by natural light from arched windows on the right and artificial light from wall-mounted fixtures on the left. The ceiling features a geometric pattern and is equipped with stage lighting rigs.

Studio Stagg


Construction Design Management


Civil and Structural Engineer


Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

Max Fordham

Quantity Surveyor

Jackson Coles

Caroline Rouse

Want to learn more about our work on Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange? Contact Caroline!

+44 (0)20 7928 0000

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Caroline Rouse

Want to learn more about our work on Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange? Contact Caroline!

Contact Caroline

+44 (0)20 7928 0000