The organisers of Lowestoft’s First Light Festival have been confirmed as the operator for the East Point Pavilion, which is to be repurposed into an exciting community and events space.
Agreed earlier this month by East Suffolk Council’s cabinet, First Light CIC has been chosen as the operator for the pavilion, located on Lowestoft’s seafront.
Last year, planning permission was granted for the pavilion to be redesigned internally, creating a food hall with a mix of traders within a flexible, open plan space for community and cultural activity, art, music and comedy performances.
Supported by East Suffolk Council, First Light CIC will use their expertise to curate a programme of events and activities to be held within the pavilion, in addition to a unique street food offer. First Light CIC will also use the pavilion as an office base.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said: “We are excited to be bringing this prominent building back into use. Once complete, the newly redesigned pavilion and its programme of events will help to attract visitors, driving regeneration in the seafront area and more widely across the town. Community activities will also be provided, as well as the food hall, ensuring the building can be enjoyed by residents too.”
Genevieve Christie, one of First Light CIC’s Directors said: "We’re very excited to have been appointed operator of East Point Pavilion and are already thinking about the events programme which we'll launch once it opens. We’re also thrilled that First Light will have a permanent base in the town. We’re determined that First Light Festival 2022 will be even better than before and having an office in the Pavilion will really help us with all the planning, liaising with community partners and work on festival projects."
The redesign of the building has been led by Norwich-based Hudson Architects, supported by Hemingway Design.
A contractor to undertake the refurbishment work is currently being sought, with work expected to start in January, ready for an Easter opening.