Cinema and Media
Sussex Heritage Trust 2017 - Public and Community Award; Building Crafts Award
Burrell Foley Fischer were commissioned by Lewes Community Screen in East Sussex to design a new three-screen community cinema on the site of the modest but much loved existing warehouse of the old Harveys brewery depot. The three screens (140, 129 and 37 seats) have been discreetly inserted within the saved brick shell. The major design move was to attach a new glazed extension with the depot structure fully visible as the historic backdrop to the new box office, café bar, restaurant. With the new film education and training facilities, it combines to give a contemporary setting to the former industrial building that was a familiar and popular landmark in a prominent location close to the town’s railway station. The former tarmacked service yard is landscaped to provide a new public realm, and includes native plant species to provide seasonal colour and a small orchard and wild flower meadow.