Skip navigation.
Accessibility
Print this page | Text size: Larger / Smaller
 
 

PROGRESS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CULTURAL QUARTER

 
 
NEW COMMUNITY & PERFORMANCE VENUE

It was great to see so many residents attend the public consultation sessions at St John's Church on Thursday 23rd November 2017. The presentation by Colliers International and the Town Council explained proposed plans for a new flexible community and performance venue in Burgess Hill. The public consultation provided an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback, however if you were unable to attend the sessions you can still have your say by emailing NewPerformanceVenue@burgesshill.gov.uk.  You can view the consultation images here or download full presentation here

Click here to download a feedback form. You can email the form to NewPerformanceVenue@burgesshill.gov.uk or you can print the form and hand it in at the Town Council Help Point, 96 Church Walk. 

Paper copies of the feedback form are available at the Help Point, as well as a wooden model of the proposed venue.
 
Fund Raising
With the project costing in the region of £6 to £8 million with some £5 million being raised through an external loan, the Town Council is now seeking proposals from professional fundraisers or specialist fundraising organisations to raise the additional funds required for this project and as such an Invitation To Tender has been produced.
 
Cultural Quarter (shown in blue)
The BackgroundCultural Quarter (shown in blue)

As promised at the last Annual Town Meeting held in April 2017, an action group of community representatives and town council Members is getting on with the job of developing the Burgess Hill Cultural Quarter, as outlined in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Central to this is the creation of a new, flexible community and performing arts centre. A centre that is fit for the Town’s needs in the 21st Century and fits with the other venues around the town in providing Burgess Hill with a complete range of sites that are suitable for just about every local need.

Both the studies completed by the Town Council and the remonstrations of residents make it clear there is strong support for a such a centre in Burgess Hill.

At the April Annual Town Meeting, David Clarke, head of DCA Consulting, further demonstrated the desire for a new community arts facility in the town centre.
Importantly, he went on to outline the cost of building and sustaining it.

Following the report from DCA Consulting, a site for the new centre, covering the footprint of the Royal British Legion (RBL) Building in Cyprus Road and Cyprus Hall has been identified. Whilst the RBL Building would need to be demolished to facilitate the new centre, it is almost certain the Cyprus Hall facility can be maintained intact, enveloped in an exciting new complex. 

The Current Situation

Building on the work done by DCA Consulting, the project to develop the new community and performing arts centre now enters a new and exciting stage, one that will: -

1. Confirm how much it will cost.

2. Determine its likely internal and external architecture.

3. Establish the engineering and technology that will be used to manage the building and make it flexible enough for multiple uses well into the future.

To answer these questions the action group has, after a careful selection process, enlisted the professional help of Colliers International, who have an impressive list of achievements in this field, including the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and Storyhouse in Chester.

Together with Colliers, to ensure we get things right at this stage, we want to gather as much feedback as we can across Burgess Hill, not just from key potential user groups but from every member of our community in Burgess Hill.  No matter how old or young you are, please tell us what would you like from a new town centre venue and how would you like to see it delivered?
 
To have your say, there will be an open forum at St John’s Church, Burgess Hill on Thursday 23rd November. The forum will be divided into three sessions as detailed below:

11.00 am to 12.30 pm, 

4.30 pm to 6.00 pm 

7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
 
There is no need to book, just arrive for the beginning of a session which will comprise of a presentation followed by opportunities for questions and discussion.

You can also give us your views and ideas by emailing us at NewPerformanceVenue@burgesshill.gov.uk
 
The Future                                   

As the project for Burgess Hill’s New Community and Performance Centre progresses, we will keep you updated via this website and the Town Council's social media: