Depot Cinema put forward for award

The newly opened Depot Cinema in Lewes has been submitted for a heritage award. The Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards for planning excellence consider best practice buildings and developments across the South East.

The Depot is a new community cinema that opened on the old Harvey’s Brewery depot site in May 2017. The work that has been carried out retains the original building on site (a familiar landmark adjacent to Lewes railway station) whilst sensitively extending it to provide modern facilities. As well as providing three cinema screens the building accommodates theatre space, temporary exhibitions, educational facilities, a restaurant and a bar.

The Depot is a valuable addition to the cultural offer in Lewes and has received a highly favourable public response since opening. The Depot has already won two awards from the Sussex Heritage Trust.

Depot Cinema is a credit to the developers and architects but also to the unseen work of the National Park Authority planning team.