Brighton has literally thousands of artists whose contribution to the city’s cultural and artistic offer is a matter of record. But they need quality workspace. In a city where space is scarce (and hence expensive) Phoenix Brighton provides accommodation on a grand scale and is about to publish ambitious plans to redevelop its city centre site.
The shortage of workspace for the creative industries has been highlighted before [see earlier story] and the Phoenix - the largest artist-led arts organisation in the region - plays an important role in providing for an important sector. But its current building in Waterloo Place is functional but not ideal. The organisation will submit a planning application later this month for a £3m redevelopment designed by local architects RH Partnership.
The proposals involve a remodelling of the entrance, opening up the ground floor, installing a new lift, a new cafe/bar, artists shop and new space for letting together with a major makeover of the exterior.
The facility was founded in 1993 and is home to over 100 artists of every stripe. The work is expected to take four years to complete.
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