Bandstand Update Designed with a Musical Theme

The bandstand with its open-air stage is an elegant example of Victorian-era architecture designed and built in 1870 by Henry Goodridge, a notable architect in the 19th century known for his work in Bath and the surrounding areas.

Set in the picturesque grounds of Bath’s Parade Gardens, the city’s most central park overlooking the River Avon with fine views of the Weir and the integral shops of Pulteney Bridge, the bandstand is a venue for performing artists and musicians to entertain park users all season around.

DURATION

4 Weeks

LOCATION

Bath

VALUE

£250,000

EXPERTISE

Principal Contractor

SECTOR

Local Authority

What the client wanted

As the centrepiece of the park and with Bath & North East Somerset Council, B&NES, wanting to encourage more parkgoers and performers to the outside space, modernising the bandstand to have a musical twist while retaining its connections with the surrounding architecture were the primary objectives for the project.

How we helped

We were appointed as the principal contractor to complete the refurbishment to a strict budget following our appointment to the Council’s General Building framework for intermediate works alongside themselves as the principal designers.

We completed general repairs to the bandstand roof, painted the blockwork render and replaced the existing wooden floor with a Sapele hardwood varnished to give a weatherproof finish. For the musical theme, we fitted and ornately decorated eight new iron balustrades designed by master craftspeople from around the UK on a specially commissioned piece of music, Hammer & Anvil, composed by Bath Spa University undergraduate Jake Garretand and hand forged by Iron Art of Bath.

The bandstand is now carefully restored by our locally based, multi-trade carpenters, decorators and general builders using traditional crafts methods under the leadership of our site supervisory teams and contract management. The outcome is a welcoming entertainment space that echoes the Victorian-era with today’s modern twist for performing artists to entertain parkgoers alike.

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