The Beehive will be an accessible, modern and welcoming community facility designed to provide much needed community space and a modern theatre for the town’s talented local drama groups and societies. It will also be a venue for high quality professional performances. It will have a dance studio and rehearsal suite, meeting rooms and break-out areas. Over time, and subject to funds, it can be expanded to provide more facilities for our growing town.
The Beehive will play a key role in signposting the town as a key destination point for local and national performers and artists.
The Beehive is designed as an attractive modern building with an internal layout that can be quickly reconfigured for a range of uses. A core element is the theatre, a characterful and inviting space with seating set on an upward slope and two galleries, capable of hosting shows for up to 300 people.
The building will be completed in three phases but will be opened and ready for use when Phase 1 is completed.
Phase 1: This will be the main build on four floors featuring all the key aspects including the theatre auditorium with sprung floor, flexible meeting/dressing rooms and café/bar.
Phase 2: Is the completion and fit-out of the second floor which creates a dedicated rehearsal, dance and education suite. The suite will be fully equipped with sprung floor, changing facilities and waiting area.
Phase 3: This will see the integration of The Beehive with Cyprus Hall next door. Cyprus Hall would be completely refurbished and linking the two buildings would increase available facilities through the addition of more meeting areas and a museum display room.
Planning Permission for Phase 1 and 2 was granted in January 2020.
Burgess Hill Town Council is proposing to take out a loan of up to £4.8million from the Public Works Loan Board to build The Beehive with annual loan repayments in the region of £150,000 per annum for the life of the loan (50 years). The Town Council will not need to increase its element of the council tax to repay the loan which will be funded from existing budgets without the need to cut services.
The core of the project will be funded by the loan with the balance from funds the Town Council has set aside and other already identified third party monies. The Council will continue to seek funds from other sources to either reduce the amount it borrows or use it towards the cost of Phase 2 and Phase 3. The project is dependent on securing a loan of up to £4.8 million and we need your approval to apply for this core funding. Please follow the link below and complete our online survey which will be live until Wednesday 21st April 2021. Thank you for your support!
BEEHIVE ZOOM CONSULTATIONS
There will be 8 open consultation sessions running over the next few weeks, if you have any questions or comments about the Beehive proposal, and would like to attend one of these sessions, email Robert.Eggleston@burgesshill.gov.uk to register and receive a Zoom link.
Thursday 25th March 4pm and 7pm
Monday 29th March 4pm and 7pm
Thursday 1st April 4pm and 7pm
Tuesday 6th April 4pm and 7pm
For more information please visit www.beehiveartscentre.com.
Find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/burgesshillbeehive
Click on the following links to download:
– a copy of The Beehive Leaflet which was delivered via Royal Mail Door to Door in the week commencing 22 February,
– an FAQ Sheet.
– a copy of The Beehive Consultation leaflet delivered via Royal Mail Door to Door in the week commencing 15 March (please click on the following link to complete the online survey),
– and the relevant Beehive pages from the April 2021 issue of About Town.