Marquee plan to rescue Buxton’s Octagon calendar during hall closure

The Pavilion Gardens Promenade, with the Octagon hall in the background.
The Pavilion Gardens Promenade, with the Octagon hall in the background.

With Buxton’s Octagon Hall due to close its doors next month, arrangements are being made to hold future events in a marquee on the Promenade.

The hall will be forced to shut for around 15 months on October 12, while significant repairs to the roof of the dome are undertaken.

The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

While the precise impact of building works has yet to be fully assessed, it is anticipated that the rest of the Pavilion Gardens complex will remain open as usual.

High Peak Borough Council confirmed the budget for the repair work is £919,000.

Coun Tony Kemp, executive councillor with responsibility for the Pavilion Gardens, said: “The historic buildings that comprise the Pavilion Gardens complex are some of the most valued in the High Peak and we take our responsibilities to protect and preserve them very seriously.

“This work at the Octagon is essential but sadly it does mean the Octagon will have to close for a time. We are well aware of the impact this will have on our customers, visitors and staff so we have been working with them to make suitable alternative arrangements for some of the events and activities that the Octagon hosts.

“This includes installing a high-quality, heated marquee on the Promenade. We are working to ensure that this semi-permanent structure is in place as soon as possible after the 12 October and hope it will be in place by the end of November.”

A planning application for the temporary structure is being submitted and procurement is now underway.

Arrangements for around 15 events which are due to take place between the Hall closure and the marquee being available are currently being finalised.

Coun Kemp added: “We know that people are interested in this project so we will keep everyone informed as the work progresses. In the meantime, I would like to thank our customers, visitors and staff for their patience and understanding as we undertake this crucial work to repair the roof of the dome.”