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Devonshire Park, Sussex


Dating from 1873, Devonshire Park has long been an attraction within Eastbourne as well as for the wider south coast of England. As well as being home to three theatres, it hosts major tennis tournaments, including the women’s warm-up contest for Wimbledon. However, over the years the facilities have fallen behind competitors and are in need of significant revitalisation.

We were invited to participate in a design competition and were subsequently appointed to carefully restore the Grade II listed Devonshire Park and Winter Garden theatres as well as the Grade II* listed Congress Theatre. Included in the restoration was an enhancement of tennis facilities and the provision of a conference building and public plaza. We sought to preserve and enhance the heritage significance of the site throughout whilst creating modern venues and facilities for performers, audiences, sportspeople, and spectators.

For more details, read our Project Story.

Project Details:

Lovingly restoring and extending a collection of heritage buildings to create a unique and distinctive cultural and sporting destination.

Client: Eastbourne Borough Council

Construction Value: £35m

Completion: 2020

Location: Sussex


  • Beautiful South Awards 2021, Business Events Venue of the Year: Gold
  • Beautiful South Awards 2021, Restaurant & Café of the Year: Commended
  • Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2020, Public and Community Award: Winner

Image: Tim Crocker