Brighton Dome has secured almost £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a major refurbishment.
The funding will help to pay for an overhaul of the Dome’s Corn Exchange and studio space, which are among the main venues for the Brighton Festival.
Refurbishment and essential conservation work will be undertaken on both spaces, while the project will also unearth previously hidden heritage spaces in the building, making them publicly accessible.
The £4.9 million from HLF adds to the £5.8 million pledged by Arts Council England in 2014 to the project, taking the funding total to 66% of what is required. The rest of the money will be raised through further funding applications and a public campaign.
The works form the first phase of a wider regeneration of the Royal Pavilion Estate in Brighton, which aims to create a “world-class cultural destination for heritage, culture and the performing arts”.
In 2014, HLF rejected a £15 million bid for a more extensive version of the current project.
Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival chief executive Andrew Comben said: “We are delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed its significant support for this major redevelopment project. This is tremendous news.”
He added that the funding was a “fantastic endorsement” of the vision for the project.
The redevelopment is a joint project between Brighton and Hove City Council, Royal Pavilion and Museums, and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival.
Work is due to start in autumn 2016.