ACCA, University of Sussex

The Gardner Arts Centre was designed by Basil Spence and opened in 1969. The building, with its distinctive plan of radiating concentric circles, sits at the south east corner of the University of Sussex campus.

The existing facilities closed in 2007. rhp have been working closely with the University and Ann Minors Performance Consultants (AMPC), together with Northcroft, Gardiner & Theobold, Sound Space Design, Hoare Lea, ZBP and Arup to develop a strategy for a 21st Century arts space within the existing Grade II* listed building shell. The building will include a series of multi-purpose studio spaces, gallery, flexible auditorium space for up to 350 people, café bar and associates storage and backstage areas.

The proposed £7.2m refurbishment and remodelling scheme will create the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts - a new building for a new age.

ACCA, University of Sussex
Reinventing the Auditorium
ACCA, University of Sussex
The Existing Building by Basil Spence
ACCA, University of Sussex
New Flexible Auditorium with Fully Retractable Seating