The Octagon Hall at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton is expected to open later this Summer following major renovations to the Grade-II listed building.
High Peak Borough Council has invested £3 million to upgrade and repair the buildings and secure the future of the historic complex which plays a key role in supporting economic development and regeneration in the area.
The iconic building had to be closed to the public 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.
Although there have been no further major faults discovered, detailed solutions to many of the known issues could not be fully determined until each area was exposed. Putting these into practice while respecting the integrity of the building's listed status and best conservation practice has proved challenging, while also needing the recruitment of workers with rare and unique skills.
Whilst these complex issues have been overcome, the completion date for the works - originally expected for mid-March - is now scheduled for late Summer 2018.
Despite the delayed opening, some smaller events will be held on the Promenade and in the atrium adjacent to the coffee bar until the Octagon reopens.
Investment in the Gardens complex will continue with the next phase of plans due to be announced later this year.