Posted: 9 Mar, 2017


World top 10 tennis player Johanna Konta is fronting a powerful new short film showcasing the impressive Devonshire Quarter transformation underway in her hometown of Eastbourne.


Focus Consultants is the project manager and contract administrator for the £44million scheme, and also undertook the economic impact analysis of the development.


The in-form British number one is excited about the major improvements to tennis courts and facilities as well as the extensive theatre restorations and creation of an international conference centre.


She said:

“Eastbourne is my home. I love it here. When I’m not competing it’s where I relax and have time with friends and family.


“When I first started playing at Devonshire Park as a young teenager, I could only dream of winning tournaments and climbing the world rankings.


“The first time I stepped out on court here in Eastbourne, at the Aegon International tournament, it was a very special moment for me. One I won’t ever forget.


“I’m very lucky to have these courts on my doorstep, so I’m really excited that Eastbourne Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association are working together to enhance the already fantastic playing facilities.


“The tennis improvements are one part of a £44million council investment that will transform Devonshire Quarter into a first class cultural, conferencing and sporting venue.


“Whether you enjoy tennis, the theatre or want to have a great conference, this is the place to be.”


Just over three minutes long, the film includes interviews with Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council; Chris Jordan, Artistic Director at Eastbourne Theatres; and Jason Griffiths, Regional Director of Vinci Construction.


The film, produced by Eastbourne firm Smokescreen Visuals, shows a 3D walk-through and a full set of architect’s images showing how each aspect of the Devonshire Quarter will look when the £44million project is completed, by 2020.


Focus partner Eleanor Clarke said:

“This transformation of Devonshire Quarter in Eastbourne is an impressive scheme and the team at Focus is very pleased to be playing a role in delivering it. It’s great to see someone like Johanna Konta sharing the news.”


You can watch the video here: