Work starts on £150,000 bandstand

The base of the new Wilton Lodge Park bandstand.

The base of the new Wilton Lodge Park bandstand.

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Work began this month on the new £150,000 bandstand which will form part of the regeneration of the 107-acre Wilton Lodge Park.

The lucrative contract was won by Lost Art Workshop who are manufacturing the showcase feature with partner foundry J T & E Castings who are based at Bispham, near Blackpool.

The park regeneration project is costing £3.64million which includes £2.66million from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the remaining £980,000 being paid for by Scottish Borders Council.

The council’s share of the bandstand comes in at around £40,000 and work is expected to be complete by April. 
Scott Castle, park project manager, said: “Lost Art, the contractor appointed to recreate the bandstand, have now started work on site. Lost Art is one of the last remaining companies to carry out bandstand restoration of this quality.

“The bandstand, which was a fundamental inclusion in the council’s successful award of £2.66million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Wilton Lodge Park project, will be a focal point for events in and around it and we expect it to be a great asset to the park.

“The lottery grant also provided funding for an events manager – who will aim to help the local community and organisations use the bandstand fully – as well as funding for a volunteer coordinator for the park.”

Local primary schools have been invited to design a weather vane for the bandstand and the winner will be announced shortly. The contract for new paving at the bandstand and museum was awarded to SBC Contracts.