Published by East Lindsey District Council.

Councillors from East Lindsey District Council have this week approved plans to proceed with the delivery of a £ 5 million project funded by Arts Council England’s Cultural Development Fund.

The project will see the redevelopment of the public realm between Skegness Pier and the former beach chalet site to rejuvenate the area for holidaymakers, visitors and residents.

The overall scheme also supports partners Magna Vitae in transforming the Embassy Theatre and Mellor’s Group in regenerating Skegness Pier.

Cultural Revival: The Midlands Coast, led by East Lindsey District Council and overseen by the Connected Coast Board, will support the transformation of the culturally significant assets on Skegness Foreshore.

The funding will support continuing plans to establish the Embassy Theatre as a new international ‘Culture House.’ which will connect the Midlands Coast to other national and international venues and festivals.

Works will include refurbishing the auditorium and dressing rooms, creating a new interactive classroom and creative workspaces, as well as VIP boxes and a refurbished lightbox to enable high-quality productions, with improved access and facilities for all users, including installation of a Changing Places toilet.

For Skegness Pier, the application will support the first phase of an ambitious, multi-million-pound redevelopment project led by the Mellors Group to restore the Pier to a significant new visitor attraction and cultural platform.

Redevelopment proposals include improved accessibility, upgrades to the pier’s façade, and renewing the lighting and furniture on the pier.

Arts Council England funding will support the creation of a safe pedestrianised walkway on the approach, the salvaging and restoring of abandoned beach huts and the construction of a new multi-use amphitheatre space for seating and public events.

I am delighted that councillors have supported the opportunity to take another step toward making this transformational project a reality for Skegness and East Lindsey.

Alongside our other flagship Towns Fund projects, this further significant investment will help to restore and regenerate some of our key attractions, including the pier and Embassy Theatre, and strengthen the reputation of Skegness as fantastic place to live, work and visit with a rich heritage, cultural and leisure offering for people to enjoy.

Councillor Steve Kirkportfolio holder for the coastal economy

The cultural development funding is absolutely fantastic news for Skegness. Both the theatre and the pier are important cultural assets on Skegness foreshore, and the improvements to these sites and the surrounding areas will be transformational.

This funding coupled with the Towns Fund investment, will benefit both local people and visitors alike who can experience and enjoy these two spaces, and all that Skegness has to offer. The improvements will also help to attract jobs, boost the economy, enhance wellbeing, and support our pride in Skegness.

Chris BaronChair of Connected Coast