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Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

From Workstream Pulse, Spring 2015

Eastbourne's Congress Theatre, built in the south coast resort's Devonshire Park in 1963, is an example of a modernist building that has become a heritage site. Work on the £1.4 million restoration of the Grade II* listed theatre and conference venue began in August last year and is just about drawing to a close now.

Specialist glazing was installed and the window frames were replaced as part of the project, which contributed both to the aesthetics and the performance of the building. The original glazing was distinctive and it was vital to retain its appearance. Pigment testing was carried out before a careful selection of materials and techniques was made. The new glazing, however, was heavier than the original, requiring a new supporting framework of steel and aluminium. Long-standing Workstream client Structura was brought in for the job and Workstream supplied the company with a team of four – two fixers and two mates – to install the glass.