Restoration work and structural repairs at Buxton’s Octagon Hall has forced a popular classic car auction to seek a new venue.
The Octagon, at the Pavilion Gardens, will shut for 15 months following this weekend’s Great Peak District Fair, to allow repairs to be carried out to the roof of the dome.
The venue is a much-used facility, hosting a range of events including fairs and exhibitions. Among them are regular auctions hosted by H&H Classics, specialist auctioneers of classic vehicles, who have announced that their November 18 auction - originally scheduled for Buxton - will now take place at Donington Park in Leicestershire.
H&H Classics managing director Simon Hope said: “We have always had an excellent relationship with Buxton, but we understand that they are committed to their programme of improvements, which means we have to make alternative arrangements.
“What could have been a real problem for us has turned into the most wonderful opportunity with Donington Park, which has a long-established reputation in British motorsport.”
The rest of the Pavilion Gardens complex will remain open as usual during the repairs to the Octagon Hall, which are expected to cost around £900,000.
Owners High Peak Borough Council are making arrangements for events to be held in a marquee on the Promenade while the hall is closed.