Brighton Centre

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Coordinates: 50°49′16″N 0°08′46″W / 50.82111°N 0.14611°W / 50.82111; -0.14611

Brighton Centre
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Location Brighton, England
Owner Brighton & Hove City Council[1]
Operator Brighton & Hove City Council[1]
Capacity Concerts: 4,500
Conferences: 5,000
Opened 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,[2] 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,[2] although rooms in the building can be used for weddings and banquets.[3] It has also been used as a live music venue since it was opened by the then prime minister James Callaghan on 19 September 1977.[4] It was designed in a Brutalist style by architects Russell Diplock & Associates, who made extensive use of textured concrete.[5]

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.[6]

The second phase of redevelopment was completed in January 2012; a refurbishment of its main entrance resulted in a transformation of its outside façade. 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.

Notable events[edit]

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.

In 2003 and 2004, it hosted the 2003 and 2004 British Open snooker, from November 8 to 16.

Since 2007, it has been host to the Premier League Darts.


  1. ^ a b "Our Commitment", Brighton Centre
  2. ^ a b "Facelift for Brighton Centre". The Argus. 6 January 2012. Retrieved February 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Brighton Centre",
  4. ^ "Seafront venue marks anniversary", BBC News, 30 July 2007
  5. ^ Antram, Nicholas; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2013). Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove. The Buildings of England. London: Yale University Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-300-18473-0. 
  6. ^ "A new future for the Brighton Centre", Brighton & Hove City Council

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