Depot Cinema

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Application Type

Universal Design

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Lewes

Information about this scheme

The Depot, is a new community cinema, showing feature and independent art-house films, as well as hosting events, exhibitions and festivals, and provides facilities for film education and community activities. The existing warehouse building was retained and the three screens (140, 129 and 37 seats) inserted within it.  A new glazed extension houses the box office, café/bar, and restaurant, giving a contemporary setting to the former industrial building. The former tarmacked service yard is landscaped to provide a new public realm. The design, layout and location of the Depot Cinema maximises inclusive access in all respects. It is evident that the consultation with local access groups in the development has been taken seriously in the final completion of the building. Tactile paving has been incorporated to enhance legibility for people with sight loss and there is also potential to drive up to the front entrance if necessary. The internal open plan layout is all on one level with automatic opening entrance doors, and various zones for eating, ticket purchase and relaxation which are logically arranged and easy to understand. Position of signage and visibility of discreet signage in keeping with the overall decor and design facilitates intuitive orientation. The project provides welcoming and accessible, cultural and social facilities for visitors, and engages with audiences and users of the facilities across the age and social spectrum, and regardless of abilities.

Credits

Client

Lewes Community Screen

Client

Lewes Community Screen

Architect

Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

Architect

Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

Architect

Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

Architect

Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

Owner

Structural Engineer

Price & Myers

Structural Engineer

Price & Myers

Structural Engineer

Price & Myers

Structural Engineer

Price & Myers

Quantity Surveyor

Jackson Coles

Quantity Surveyor

Jackson Coles

Services Engineer

SGA Consulting Ltd.

Services Engineer

SGA Consulting Ltd.

Other

Jackson Coles

Other

PFB Construction Management Services Ltd. - Principal Designers

Other

PFB Construction Management Services Ltd. - Principal Designers

Other

PFB Construction Management Services Ltd. - Principal Designers

Acoustic Engineer

Arup Associates

Acoustic Engineer

Arup Associates

Acoustic Engineer

Arup Associates

Other

ARC Cinema Solutions Ltd. - Cinema Technical Consultant

Other

CinemaNext - Cinema Technical Subcontractor

Local Authority

Lewes District Council

Local Planning Authority

South Downs National Park Authority

Other

Lewes District Council Building Control

Other

East Sussex Highways

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Main Contractor

Durtnell & Sons Ltd.

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure