£44 million project will create more than 300 jobs - council says

Devonshire Park development - artist's impression SUS-151012-153437001
Devonshire Park development - artist's impression SUS-151012-153437001

A £44 million project to transform part of Eastbourne should create more than 300 jobs.

An Eastbourne Borough Council report said the redevelopment of the Devonshire Park cultural quarter would see 140 local jobs created during construction – and an estimated extra 169 jobs as a result of ‘additional visitor spend’ in the town when the project is completed.

The scheme was given the green light by councillors at their cabinet meeting on December 9.

Councillors hope the development will see the town becoming a premier conference and cultural destination – with major improvements also being made to the international tennis facilities.

A key part will be a Welcome Building that will provide conference halls, break out and hospitality areas, a cafe with views across the lawns and a fully accessible entrance to the Congress Theatre and Winter Garden, including lifts to every floor.

A stunning new plaza will make the Devonshire Park area fully accessible to residents and visitors. The Grade II and Grade II* Listed buildings, Devonshire Park Theatre, Congress Theatre and the Winter Garden, will also be extensively restored.

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