A new online video is out explaining a £10m project to rebuild an historic hall on Brighton seafront – and prevent the main seafront road from eventually collapsing.
The Shelter Hall on the lower prom at the bottom of West Street has become structurally unsound – a serious issue since it supports part of busy A259 dual carriageway.
A grant from the government’s transport department is enabling the council to rebuild it as part of a wider seafront investment programme.
The council’s film has exclusive footage from inside the hall, which was built in the late 1800s. It shows the parlous state of its structural beams, in places crumbling with rust.
Interviews include council chief executive Geoff Raw, chair of transport Councillor Gill Mitchell as well as support from the city’s business community.
The hall will be demolished and completely rebuilt. It will be moved a few metres closer to the sea to create more internal space for letting to businesses.
It will also help improve the West Street junction above, which will get smart traffic signalling to reduce congestion, plus environmental improvements making the area more attractive.
Roadworks on the A259 connected to the project are set to be in place for around two years.