Grade II-listed structure, restored by A:B:I:R architects, now includes cafe and bridge linking it to road

A Victorian bandstand in Brighton and Hove will be reopened to the public this week following an extensive £1m refurbishment by A:B:I:R architects.

The grade II-listed bandstand has been restored and will play host to marching bands at a concert on Friday evening to celebrate its restoration.

The cast-iron structure dates back to 1884, and has been sensitively restored over the past year by A:B:I:R, main contractor Cheesmur, structural engineer Dixon Hurst Kemp and quantity surveyor RLF. The project, which cost £950,000, was funded by Brighton and Hove Council.

As well as restoring the structure, the project team has built a bridge linking it to the road and converted its base into a café.

Giles Ings, director of A:B:I:R architect, said: "The design consultants, contractor and council have really pulled together in renovating this truly magnificent Victorian structure. The research and attention to detail, together with modern intervention will enable this much loved symbol of Brighton & Hove’s seaside architectural history to be brought back into use for our community, now and in the future."