THE DESIGNER of the London Eye has been appointed to deliver a vision for the town’s Devonshire Park complex.
Marks Barfield, the world-renowned architects firm, has been appointed to work in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council.
The ambitious plans will begin with a review into the business opportunities, involving comparisons with other destinations and cultural venues and an analysis of opportunities to generate increased income, attendance, community use and audience satisfaction.
The results will inform the overall vision of how best to develop the facilities at the complex to meet these opportunities, including the Congress Theatre which has been shrouded in scaffolding for more than a year when a chunk of concrete fell from the fascia and smashed onto a car below.
As well as examining the local, regional, national and international opportunities for the future use of the site, the partnership will examine how it can be improved for the local community, creating useable spaces for families and local clubs to enjoy.
Following a consultation process, an initial set of proposals is expected to go before Council Cabinet in the autumn.
Councillor Neil Stanley, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism & Leisure, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Marks Barfield and a number of our key partners to deliver what we believe is a once in a generation opportunity to create something really special for the town at Devonshire Park.
“Devonshire Park is crucial to the economic viability of the town and through the right vision can become a world class venue for sport and culture, business and conferences, tourism and leisure.
“Consulting with local residents, businesses and stakeholder organisations will be vital to ensuring an inspiring vision is delivered and I would urge everyone to have their say.
The council already has multi-agency support for the scheme and will be establishing funding and business development partners in the months ahead.
Marks Barfield enjoys a world class reputation for transforming environments by creating innovative, sustainable and imaginative buildings.
As well as delivering the London Eye, the firm is also working on other high profile projects including a transformation of Leicester Square in London.