Council invites bids for main work on Octagon restoration

The Pavilion Gardens Octagon and the replacement marquee.
The Pavilion Gardens Octagon and the replacement marquee.

A tendering process is underway as High Peak Borough Council bids to appoint a main contractor for the restoration of the Octagon at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens.

Interested companies have until noon on Friday September 30 to submit their bids for the work on the listed building, which is estimated will take 12 months to complete.

The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

The construction budget for this part of the work is reported to be £2.2 million.

On its website, the council states: “This is a project to correct a significant number of defects including the structural stability of the Octagon Hall at the Pavilion Gardens complex.

“The work includes a full replacement of the structural ring-beam to the Octagon Hall as well as other related structural repairs. There are further structural works required to the adjoining Octagon lounge as well as a new flat roof to the rear of the building.”

The tendering exercise is being managed through the council’s web-based tendering system via the West Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Procurement portal.

To register an interest and submit a tender, companies must log on to and select ‘Project_19068 Restoration of the Octagon Hall Pavilion Gardens Buxton’ or ITT_30292.

Restoration of the Octagon - which shut in October 2015 and was replaced by a temporary marquee - was due to start in April but has been delayed after it was found additional work was required.

It is not scheduled to reopen until December 2017.


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