Work to start on DLWP’s auditorium in New Year

One of the main entertainments venues in 1066 Country has begun preparations for a major overhaul of its auditorium which will result in the venue being a more comfortable place to enjoy top-class entertainment.

On Monday (December 22) scaffolding was put up around the auditorium at the De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) in neighbouring Bexhill ahead of a half-million pound revamp of the air handling systems.

Audiences can look forward to cooler shows in the summer and a warmer environment in the winter following the renovation funded largely by the Arts Council England (ACE).

The auditorium is expected to be closed throughout January and February while the work is being carried out.

A spokesman for the DLWP said: “The pavilion secured £412,343 in July from Arts Council England for this work, which is essential for the ongoing viability of presenting events in the auditorium and for the comfort of our audiences.

“The capital project, of £500,000 in total, is also supported by the Foyle Foundation, private donations from individuals including our patron Eddie Izzard and from funds designated by Rother District Council, as part of our funding agreement.

“The scaffolding went up this week and the contractors will be on site from Monday, January 5, 2015.”

The work is expected to be completed by the end of February and existing events already advertised in the auditorium will not be affected.

The work marks a new era in the refurbishment programme of the pavilion under the director Stewart Drew.

He said: “It has been 10 years since we reopened after the £9 million capital project and since then we have welcomed more than three million visitors to the building.

“This number of people and the seaside climate has taken its toll on the building and we are looking at celebrating our 80th anniversary in 2015 with the launch of a strategic programme of works over the next few years.”

The pavilion will be seeking funds for this programme from trusts, foundations and supportive individuals.

The DLWP was constructed in 1935 and designed by the architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff.

The seafront venue was the result of an architectural competition initiated by Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr, after whom the building was named.

If you are interested in supporting the DLWP, you can become a member or patron of the pavilion and play a part in its future. Visit http://www.dlwp.com/support-us/ or contact Vanda Curtis on 01424 229118 or email vanda.curtis@dlwp.com.