Burrell Foley Fischer were commissioned by Lewes Community Screen in East Sussex to design a new three-screen community cinema on the site of the modest but much loved existing warehouse of the old Harveys brewery depot.

The three screens have been discreetly inserted within the saved brick shell. The major design move was to attach a new glazed extension with the depot structure fully visible as the historic backdrop to the new box office, café bar, restaurant. It combines to give a contemporary setting to the former industrial building that was a familiar and popular landmark in a prominent location close to the town’s railway station.

The education room has random knapped flint walls, random snapped quoins made to a 79 degree angle, and a roof with a field flint and random snapped banding. The entrance aedicule forms an important part of the contextual design for the Depot Lewes, rooting it through craft traditions, in its locality. This is constructed of random snapped on the outer walls and squared flush work on the inner walls. There is even a squared flush work ceiling.

Architect: Burrell Foley Fisher

Completed: 2017


2017    Sussex Heritage Trust Building Craft Award.
2017    RTPI South East. Overall Regional Winner.
2017    RTPI South East. Excellence in Planning for Heritage Award.