The Bandstand

The Birdcage Bandstand was built in 1884 on the lower esplanade virtually on the border of Brighton and Hove. Built in cast iron it is a listed building and is now in a sad state of disrepair and in urgent need of attention.

In 2004 the Council, which has responsibility for its maintenance, appointed architects to investigate the structure and estimate the costs involved in renovation. This estimate was in the region of £250,000.

The key question before this level of expenditure is undertaken is its future use, but surely even just as an icon of Victorian ingenuity it deserves not to decay any further?

In the meantime another year has passed with yet more deterioration.

Come on Council, make a decision and do something!

April 2007

The re-submitted bid for money from the National Lottery for restoration has been delayed again. The earliest the Council will know is now September as the Heritage Lottery Fund feel they need the extra time to come to a decision.

The new plans include a linkway to the upper level of the two storey structure and a cafe in the lower half. The council have monies set aside but it seems that yet another year will go by before any movement is made to start work.

Is it ever going to happen?

September 2007

The answer to the above question is "yes". 

The Council has now confirmed that the work will go ahead but it may not be completed until 2009.

August 2008

Restoration work has started on the Bandstand.

The Grade 2 listed building will be returned to its former glory; the upper part of the stand will once again host concerts and events and the lower part of the building will be converted from toilets and storage facilites to a cafe.

Lewes based contractors Cheesmur will be overseen by the City Council and it is estimated that the work will take about a year.

I am sure we are all looking forward to seeing this lovely building on the seafront taking its place again as an important landmark.

2009

It is reported that work on the bandstand should be completed by September this year. A long haul, but the Society is delighted that all the campaings by Conservation Societies have at last been rewarded.

There is to be a resaurant opened at the beach level.