As we went to print the project was literally raising the roof!
As part of the multi-million pound transformation the ‘lantern’ section of the top of the pavilion, at the heart of the Victorian park, was being removed for restoration by Wigan based restorers Lost Art.
It’s one of a number of major works taking place over the next two years which will see the much loved park transformed following a massive £6.4m investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.
The bandstand has already been removed for restoration while a new roof has been installed on the shelter.
In June work will start on the restoration of Dalton Steps which lead up to the pavilion.
Work on the pavilion will continue throughout the summer and is scheduled to be completed in December. By October the bandstand will be back on site and the restoration of the steps should be completed by November. Then attention will turn to improving the Entrance Lodge.
Joanne Ramdewor, Mesnes Park Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “This is a very exciting part of the project with major restoration underway.
“Over the next two years this restoration and refurbishment will ensure the future of this wonderful park, at the heart of Wigan, for future generations to enjoy.
“It is a massive piece of work we have undertaken and we have organised a number of restoration tours throughout 2011 that we’d love people to come to and find out more.”
Significant work starting in April 2012 includes restoration of the Pulham Rockwork, installation of the Coalbrookdale Fountain and restoration of the Sir Francis Sharp Powell statue.
For further information about the restoration tours or about the Mesnes Park Project contact Joanne Ramdewor on 01942 776 609 or visit Mesnes Park (external link) webpage.