Council Leader Councillor Anthony Mckeown, High Peak Mayor Councillor Ollie Cross, and Deputy Leader Councillor Damien Greenhalgh cut the ribbon to officially re-open the Conservatory and the Pavilion Gardens
The £3.5 million restoration of the Grade II listed buildings at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens is now complete.
High Peak Borough Council say it has invested the “significant” sum to “safeguard” the future of the historic leisure venue, during a six-year project carried out in three phases.
An official opening was held for the newly-restored Conservatory, which was attended by contractors, staff and volunteers.
Council Leader, Councillor Anthony Mckeown, said: “It was great, alongside the High Peak Mayor, to thank some of the people who have worked to bring this most recent rejuvenation of the Pavilion Gardens to a completion.
“The beautiful surroundings of the Conservatory, and the rest of the Pavilion Gardens, are highly regarded by locals and visitors alike.
“We hope that the investment we’ve made in these buildings will safeguard them for many, many years to come so that they remain a special place within Buxton and the High Peak.”
The Mayor and Councillors were joined by (left to right) Council Officer Kate Nichol who worked on the project and Peter Allen and Melanie Malcom from T.A.D Architects
The first two phases saw major structural repairs to the famous Octagon dome. Interior and exterior paintwork was restored to the original colour scheme which was identified after painstaking research into paint chippings taken from fixtures and fittings.
During phase three, work extended to the Conservatory and included the installation of electric windows to aid ventilation as well as drainage.
The borough council engaged various contractors including Restoration Projects from Hadfield and TAD architects from Sheffield. Gardeners from Chatsworth were also involved in the work at the Conservatory, donating both their time and even some plants.
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