Work to restore historic bandstand in Bognor Regis set to begin

Work to restore Bognor’s historic Grade II listed bandstand back to its former glory is set to begin this month.

The bandstand in Bognor Regis
The bandstand in Bognor Regis

Due to begin in early July, the restoration project involves replacing missing metalwork sections and cleaning and redecorating the existing metalwork, along with replacing the concrete floor with a decorative tiled floor.

The existing ceiling will be replaced with one more in keeping with the original design, and new lighting will be installed which will highlight the structure when it is being used for events or to host bands.

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The yellow brick plinth will be replaced with a red brick plinth to blend better with its surroundings and a permanent disabled access ramp will be built at the same time to enable wheelchair-users to enjoy the seafront landmark.

Local officials marking the approval of funding last year

Funding for the work, totalling £49,864, was secured last year from the Coastal Revival Fund grant – read more here.

Councillor Matt Stanley, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Technical Services, said: “We had to put this restoration project on hold due to the Covid- 19 pandemic so we’re delighted to be announcing that the work is set to start

really soon.

“The bandstand is an important part of the town’s heritage and we can’t wait to see it restored back to its former glory and, if everything goes to plan, unveiled to the public later this year.”

Funded by Arun District Council and the grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the contract is being delivered by Falcon Homes, a local Bognor Regis contractor, and is expected to last for around five

months.

In order to keep the public safe, the site will be kept behind hoardings decorated with the history of the bandstand.

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