Grant to help with regeneration of conference facility

26th September 2008

<p>A grant secured by High Peak Borough Council and Buxton Opera House will help to establish a new conference hall venue in Buxton for conference organisers to consider, it has been revealed.</p><p>According to the Buxton Advertiser, the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DDEP) has afforded High Peak Borough Council and Buxton Opera House £890,000 to help with the restoration and upgrading of the Paxton Suite at the Pavilion Gardens.</p><p>The money will be used to uncover the original ceiling and balcony of the structure, which was formerly known as the Buxton Playhouse.</p><p>It will also help to create room for an arts, conference and lecture hall facility, and Tony Kemp, High Peak Borough Council's executive councillor for regeneration, believes the move will help to entice businesses to the area.</p><p>"We are extremely grateful to DDEP for this significant contribution to the imaginative restoration and modernisation of an important part of the Pavilion Gardens and Buxton's Victorian heritage," he told the newspaper.</p><p>"The project responds to local aspirations for a flexible venue that can be used for fairs, concerts, arts and other events. It will also support the development of the Borough's economy by attracting and retaining businesses and tourists to Buxton and surrounding areas."</p><p>Buxton lies close to the Derbyshire borders with Cheshire in the west and Staffordshire in the south, and is perhaps most famous for its bottled water.<br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18798561-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>