Birmingham Botanical Gardens Bandstand Restoration
Role: Quantity Surveyor
Sector: Heritage and Culture
The restoration of the historic bandstand at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (BBG) began in October 2020, after a 12-month campaign by BBG to raise £138,000 of funds so work could begin to bring the bandstand back to its original 1874 glory. PMP acted as quantity surveyor for the scheme, alongside Donald Insall Associates as architect, and Reynolds Conservation Ltd who carried out conservation work.
Designed by F.B. Osborn, the historic bandstand is especially significant because it was where Neville Chamberlain gave his first public speech as Prime Minister in 1937. Prior to works beginning, the Grade II listed bandstand was in a poor state of repair and required extensive work. This included roof repairs, and reinstating some original features, such as decorative gold-leaf finals. Crucially, the work carried out has safeguarded the bandstand’s future for generations to come.