Cinema and Media

Depot Cinema, Lewes

Depot Cinema, Lewes

Sussex Heritage Trust 2017 - Public and Community Award; Building Craft Award

 

Burrell Foley Fischer were commissioned by Lewes Community Screen in East Sussex to design a new three-screen community cinema. The existing warehouse on the site of the old Harveys Brewery depot was retained and the three screens (140, 129 and 37 seats) inserted within it. A new glazed extension houses the box office, café bar, restaurant as well as film education and training facilities, giving 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.

 

 
 
 
the proposal responds to the historic significance and character of its context in both its architecture and landscape design to deliver a valuable cultural and community facility that will be an asset to Lewes... The type and range of uses and the quality and flexibility of internal and external spaces will add to the town’s vibrancy as a cultural destination.
— Design Officer, South Downs National Park Authority
 
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The proposal will serve as an exemplar to illustrate how good design can rise to the challenge of a National park context and eloquently embody the statutory purposes and duty
— Design Officer, South Downs National Park Authority