The futuristic design of a “pavilion” to host plays and live music in Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens has been unveiled in a planning application.
Spalding Town Forum has championed a bandstand for the gardens, along with some improvements to the aviary there, and expects around £70,000 of Springfields Section 106 money to be spent on the projects.
South Holland District Council is seeking planning consent for the structure – which it calls a pavilion – and the application is expected to go to the planning committee next year.
Spalding and District Civic Society, which has a picture of the grade 1 listed Ayscoughfee Hall on its website, will meet shortly to consider its reponse to the proposed design.
The society criticised a previous design for a brick-built pavilion, which was dropped.
If approved, the pavilion will be sited in the same area as the aviary, on the Love Lane side of the gardens.
The proposed works include demolition of the current pavilion building at the eastern end of the pond garden, which a report says “has no architectural merit and is in a poor state of repair”, and replacement by the new structure.
A report by Liz Bates, from Heritage Lincolnshire, says the pavilion design “responds to the location and setting of the historic park, while offering the functionality required as a performance space”.
She says its oak frame responds to the traditional materials of the hall and natural environment of the park – and the roof and detachable panels will improve the acoustic performance of the structure.
Her report continues: “The new pavilion will enhance views from the eastern boundary of the gardens into the pond and peace gardens and views from the canal garden to the east.”
• The war memorial in the gardens, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is also grade 1 listed.