Iconic pavilion set for restoration

An iconic 1960s pavilion in a park near Durham is to be restored with the help of £336,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund cash.

The Apollo Pavilion and its surrounding landscape in Peterlee, District of Easington, is to undergo renovation, with work including introducing planting to the lake and reinstating seating to encourage people to use the open space.

Situated in Sunny Blunts Park, the pavilion was built as a collaboration between artist Victor Pasmore and planners developing the town of Peterlee to symbolise post-war simplicity and harmony.

Parts of the structure and its architectural features will be restored to the original design, including replacement of the staircase to allow access to the upper level of the pavilion.

Sunny Blunts Park is also set to undergo a facelift, with reed beds being added to the West End lake to reflect the original design.

Work is due to start in November and is scheduled to take six months to complete.


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