Wisbech bandstand make-over is on hold after roofing material is recalled

 Wisbech Bandstand.

Wisbech Bandstand. - Credit: Archant

Problems with a special roofing material means that Wisbech bandstand remains surrounded by scaffolding weeks after work started on its make over.

 Wisbech Bandstand.

Wisbech Bandstand. - Credit: Archant

The bandstand is scheduled for a terne-coated roof but there have been manufacturing issues which means the material is being recalled across the UK.

A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “The delay is due to the fact that a flaw has been discovered in the manufacturing process for the new terne-coated steel roofing material.

“That has led to it being temporarily recalled across the country.

“The delay is unfortunate but is beyond our control.

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“We are hoping the material will be available again within the next month or so.

“As soon as it is, our contractor will be able to restart the works.”

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Work started on the bandstand in December and was supposed to be finished by the end of March.

The bandstand, built in 1908, was last year labelled as a building at risk and was scheduled for repainting, having its steps fixed, ironwork repaired and a thief proof roof installed with a terne-coated stainless steel finish.

Also due for work is new capping details on the piers and the rest repaired and redecorated on a like for like basis.

All historic fabric will be retained, repaired and missing detail will be reinstated to match.

“The intention is to preserve the architectural and historic interest of this structure which is of interest in its own right but also contributes positivity to Wisbech Park which is the central focus of the Bowthorpe Conservation Area,” said a council report.

Since being listed in 1983 it has gone from having a lead roof to a felt roof.

There have also been three colour changes on the Grade II listed building.

Posts were red in 1991 but by 2000 were light green. They are currently dark green and will remain that colour under the make over plan.

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