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Restoring the Glory of the Winter Garden, Eastbourne


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


Construction In Progress

Expected Completion Date


Spring 2025

​The project will restore the Winter Garden, a key facility in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter, to its former glory and ensure its longevity and visitor experience benefit future generations.

The Getting Building Fund investment is needed to upgrade the stage grid and technical equipment that is vital to attract high yield business, such as corporate events and live music, which have specific technical requirements.

The project also includes the refurbishment of the lettable business spaces within the Winter Garden – the Floral Hall, Gold Room, Bistro Bar and Long Bar. This refurbishment will celebrate the heritage of the venue and will improve the quality of offer that will secure a competitive edge for the Winter Garden.

Award of funding

The project was considered by the SELEP Accountability Board on 16th October 2020 and the award of £1,600,000 of Getting Building Fund funding was agreed as set out in the Summary of Decisions.

Project Outputs/Outcomes
Jobs created 20
Construction Jobs 6
Jobs Safeguarded 10

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East.

£85m of Getting Building Investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 45 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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Funding value: £1,600,000
Total Project cost: £3,690,000
Return to Capital Investment