Bandstand to close for a complete overhaul

Photo attached shows Eastbourne Bandstand being built in 1934
Photo attached shows Eastbourne Bandstand being built in 1934

Work begins next month to completely transform the bandstand, one of the town’s most picturesque buildings.

The restoration work will take place throughout the winter, with the bandstand re-opening in time for Easter.

The works are required to correct structural issues after decades of winters and salt air have corroded the steel framework beneath the bandstand’s azure tiled roof.

Structural problems initially came to light during investigatory works in 2012 after a routine bi-annual survey. The works discovered serious defects which required a full replacement to the main steel ring beam above the stage.

A temporary steel frame in place since June 2012 has kept the venue functional and safe to use, while plans to replace the old frame have been co-ordinated with Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and English Heritage, using specialist contractors.

From October, work will begin to completely replace the steel structure and columns, restoring the roof back to its former glory.

Traditionally made replacement materials with modern fixings and treatments will be used to preserve the bandstand.

Tests will also be carried out to determine the most suitable treatment for the preservation of the structure, which will also inform later phases of remedial work to the Colonnade and Promenade seating areas.

The bandstand will close for repairs on September 30. The venue’s traditional concerts on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day will take place at the Redoubt.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “These works are essential to ensure the future of this amazing landmark and music venue.”