The Brighton Centre in April 2013
|Address||Kings Rd, Brighton. BN1 2GR|
|Location||Brighton, East Sussex, England|
|Owner||Brighton & Hove City Council|
|Operator||Brighton & Hove City Council|
|Opened||19 September 1977|
|Architect||Russell Diplock & Associates|
Brighton Centre is a conference and exhibition centre located in Brighton, England. It is the largest of its kind in southern England, and is regularly used for conferences of the British political parties and other bodies of national importance. The venue has the capacity to accommodate up to 5,000 delegates, although rooms in the building can be used for weddings and banquets.
It has also been used as a live music venue since it was opened by James Callaghan on 19 September 1977. It was designed in a Brutalist style by architects Russell Diplock & Associates, who made extensive use of textured concrete. The venue is situated in the centre of Brighton on the sea front and is within 200 metres of major hotels. In 2004, it was estimated that the centre generates £50 million in revenue for Brighton.
The second phase of redevelopment was completed in January 2012; a refurbishment of its main entrance resulted in a transformation of its outside facade. In addition to this, the venue’s restaurant, which is regularly used as a relaxation space for larger conferences, now features floor-to-ceiling windows with uninterrupted views of the seafront and new interiors.
Bing Crosby's final performance was at the Brighton Centre on 10 October 1977. He died of a heart attack four days later, while at a golf tournament in Spain.
Between 1978 and 1995 it was the venue for the Brighton International tennis tournament, an annual event on the WTA Tour. Champions of the event included Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.
On 11 December 1982, The Jam played their last gig in the Conference Room at the Brighton Centre.
In 2018, it held Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds smallest capacity concert to date that has gone on general sale, as well as playing host for the smallest venue on Paloma Faith's tour for her album The Architect.
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