Brighton Corn Exchange

This timber structure, rectangular in plan, is one of a complex of Georgian stables buildings that form part of the Royal Pavilion Grade I listed estate. For several years it has served as a flexible space for performance and conferences.

Our work was part of an extensive programme of refurbishment and upgrade, involving the whole complex.

Some of the timber elements of the original structure required strengthening or replacing for the building's increased range of use. We completed load testing on the suspended ground floor, which was then strengthened to support bleacher seating in flexible configurations. Steelwork in the roof void, between original arched timber trusses, allowed new chandeliers to be hung.

Re-designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems were also included in our work.

building services

Building services at the Corn Exchange were upgraded as part of an extensive programme of refurbishment to former stable buildings on the Royal Pavilion Grade I listed estate.

For some years, the timber structure had been used as a flexible space for performance and conferences, although in-house equipment was minimal.

We co-ordinated the work of numerous specialists, including theatre acousticians, organ tuners and hydraulics engineers, to provide a fully equipped multi-purpose performance facility. Environmental control systems have been designed to cope with uses that range from rock concerts to poetry readings.

As at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, part of the same refurbishment programme, we took care to minimize interference with the listed structure. Air handling plant is located on the roof and a new external energy centre, supplying all buildings in the former stable complex, has been built at basement level in the gardens.


240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610


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Company registration

Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW

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