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Historic hall set to re-open in spring
Sunday 4th February 2018 @ 09:15 by Nigel Skinner
Buxton Glossop Chronicle News

An iconic High Peak building is expected to re-open in May following major renovations which brought a £3m borough council investment.

The Octagon Hall in Buxton’s  Pavilion Gardens closed to the public in July 2015 when remote camera surveys showed major potential safety issues in the roof, partly caused by poor quality repairs undertaken in the 1950s.

Since then the council has commissioned a wide-ranging programme of works including significant structural repairs to the famous Octagon dome, replacement of the floor and the supporting sub-structure,  as well as upgrades to the mechanical and electrical plant at the complex.

The council says it invested the £3m to upgrade and repair the Grade Two  listed building to secure the future of the historic complex which plays such a key role in supporting economic development and regeneration in the area.

There were complex issues to overcome, which meant the completion date, originally expected for mid-March, is now scheduled for the end of April.

Cllr Tony Kemp, Executive councillor for tourism and regeneration, said: “Work has been progressing well behind the scenes and, while this date is several weeks later than we initially hoped for, it is not at all unexpected with projects such as this on historic buildings, which, by their very nature, can throw up significant challenges.”

He added: “The buildings at the Pavilion Gardens are amongst the most valued in the High Peak and their importance is increased by the cluster of heritage buildings surrounding them including the Grade I listed Crescent, the Devonshire Dome and the Opera House, not to mention the many smaller, but equally important, historic structures in Buxton.”

Despite the delayed opening, events will be held on the Promenade and in the atrium adjacent to the coffee bar until the Octagon reopens.

Main picture courtesy of Derby Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Derbyshire County Council