Eighteen of Brighton’s leisure heritage sites at risk

Heritage England at risk register Brighton
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Heritage England has published a list of 18 sites across Brighton and Hove that are in danger of being lost forever, with a number of sites added to the At Risk Register for the first time.


Several of the city’s historic entertainment venues, such as Saltdean Lido and Brighton’s rapidly-deteriorating West Pier are currently in danger, alongside the iconic Hippodrome. “Originally an ice rink built in 1896, the building was converted to a hippodrome in 1901,” reported The Argus. “The ornate plasterwork to the auditorium is particularly at risk. A new private owner has acquired the building and completed much needed urgent repair works.”

Historic England and Brighton and Hove City Council are engaged in pre-application discussions about further repairs to the building and potential uses.”

Saltdean Lido is listed as requiring extensive repairs to its main building, with the Saltdean Community Interest Company – which operates on a 60 year lease – having already submitted planning and listed building consent for its repair.

“Major funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coastal Communities, Social Investment in Business funds, and Brighton and Hove City Council.”

The report added that the fire-damaged shell of the West Pier is unlikely to ever be restored, with Heritage England stating “the combination of significant damage and cost of repair make restoration from public funds uneconomic.”

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