The Beehive Consultation
22 March - 21 April 2021
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The Beehive will be a modern community centre and arts venue to meet the needs of our growing and diverse town. Burgess Hill deserves a fitting replacement for the Martlets Hall, emphasising the town as a key destination in Mid Sussex. The Beehive project looks to the future and has been designed by a highly professional team in consultation with the community.
The building, located in Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill Town Centre, will be completed in three phases but will be opened and ready for use when Phase 1 is finished.
Phase 1: This will be the main build featuring all the key aspects including the auditorium, dual purpose rooms (for meetings and as artist dressing rooms) and a bar/café facility (Cost £5.27million).
Phase 2: A dedicated rehearsal, dance and education suite is added. Additional estimated cost of £300,000.
Phase 3: Rebuilds the facade of Cyprus Hall, completely refurbishes the building and links the building to The Beehive to create new space. Estimated additional cost £1.6million.
Burgess Hill Town Council is proposing to take out a loan of up to £4.8million from the Public Works Loan Board to build The Beehive with annual loan repayments in the region of £150,000 per annum for the life of the loan (50 years).
The Town Council will not need to increase its element of the council tax to repay the loan which will be funded from existing budgets without the need to cut services.
The core of the project will be funded by the loan with the balance from funds the Town Council has set aside and other already identified third party monies. The Council will continue to seek funds from other sources to either reduce the amount it borrows or use it towards the cost of Phase 2 and Phase 3.
The project is dependent on securing a loan of up to £4.8 million and we need your approval to apply for this core funding. Please follow the link below and complete our online survey.