Brighton’s Astoria cinema to be demolished

Brighton’s Astoria cinema to be demolishedBrighton’s Grade II listed Astoria cinema is to be demolished on the grounds that it is ‘genuinely redundant’.

The Astoria, built at Gloucester Place near St Peter’s Church in Brighton in 1933, will be demolished after no viable scheme could be found to restore it.

A report to Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee said that no organisation had been able to demonstrate feasible renovation plans for the Astoria, estimated to cost at least £3.5m.

The Council have instead announced that the disused cinema will be replaced by the most energy efficient office building in Brighton, offering 200 local jobs.

Chair of the planning committee Councillor Phelim MacCafferty said: “The council took this unusual decision on this occasion because of the special circumstances.   The planning committee was convinced by those circumstances that proposals for the re-use of the Astoria as it stands were exhausted.”

The development will also include a café, community meeting room, a main office space and 12 starter units aimed mostly as creative industries, small digital media and IT companies.

The new building will use passive solar heating, natural ventilation, an earth duct to circulate hot or cold air, and rain and waste water from hand basins will be used to flush toilets.

Executive director of the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership Tony Mernagh said: “This decision shows that Brighton & Hove means business, providing grade A employment space for grade A jobs for our growing, young population in a sustainable building in a sustainable location.  It’s excellent news for the city and the Economic Partnership welcomes it.”

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