Craftsmen on song with Buxton Opera House restoration

The pyramid lantern light on the roof of Buxton Opera House, restored by Martin-Brooks.
The pyramid lantern light on the roof of Buxton Opera House, restored by Martin-Brooks.

Heritage specialists have hit all the right notes to help preserve one of the jewels in Buxton’s cultural crown.

Craftsmen at roofing contractors Martin-Brooks have undertaken a range of work on the ornate roof at Buxton Opera House, as part of vital maintenance to the structure which was commissioned by High Peak Borough Council.

Martin-Brooks’ director, Nick Brooks, said: “It has been a pleasure to work on such an iconic structure and make our mark on its rich history.”

Working with main contractors, GF Tomlinson Group, Martin-Brooks was tasked with removing a defective pyramid lantern light above the main theatre and reconstructing it using stronger timbers and a new lead covering, to replace a type of asbestos sheeting.

Mr Brooks said: “Covering the lantern light in lead not only guarantees its longevity, but also complements the two domes, which form an arresting part of the building’s design.”

The building’s cast iron gutters and fall pipes were also overhauled by Martin-Brooks, who repaired the originals where possible or replaced them with like for like materials in areas where they were corroded. In addition, flat roof repairs were carried out, using felt and mastic asphalt.

The work took approximately three weeks, over a six-week period.