RIBA local building tours this September / by Cara Courage

The Sussex RIBA Branch has worked with The Regency Town House to offer unique access and behind-the-scenes, architect-led tours of some of the city’s most extraordinary heritage buildings for Brighton Open Doors, during Heritage Open Days 2017 (7 to 10 September) - some of these places you will find on the Modern Brighton and Hove Map. 

The list of the tours can be found below, and for all other information and to book, please visit the RIBA branch site here

Saltdean Lido – A Modernist Marvel on the Sussex Coast - Tour behind the scenes of this Grade II* listed building, which reopened in June 2017 after refurbishment. Designed by R W H Jones in the 1930s, architects in Conran and Partners’ Brighton office advised extensively on its restoration and revitalisation.

Tour of One and Three Saltdean Drive - When designing new houses next to a unique heritage building such as Saltdean Lido – should they seem to disappear, or mimic the existing one? Come and see the houses and find out from local architect Kim Strasman what the challenges were. You will understand ‘heritage’ in a whole new way.

The Level’s Velo Café – Building in a Landscape - The café, which sits at the heart of The Level’s restored landscape is a flagship building for Brighton & Hove Council and champions sustainable design. Take a look at the design and construction with Sasha Bhavan of Knox Bhavan Architects.

Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue - Visit this multi-purpose space, restored by local practice ZSTa. Originally a Victorian gymnasium and turned into a Progressive synagogue in 1937, the community needed to develop the building into a welcoming, flexible place.

Tour of RIBA Regional Award Winning Cairns Tower and Music School - Brighton College has recently added several new buildings to its site, joining buildings by Sir George Gilbert Scott and Sir Thomas Graham Jackson. See the buildings added in the past decade, including Cairns Tower and the Music School and hear their stories.

Spence Buildings at the University of Sussex - Join this tour with architect Philip Naylor of R H Partnership, which has worked closely with the University on a number of their campus buildings, including the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts by Sir Basil Spence.