VM Zinc has added another key heritage project to its portfolio, that of the renovation of the derelict Victorian grade II-listed bandstand in Weston Park, Sheffield.

Designed in 1874 by Sheffield architects Flockton and Gibbs, but not built until 1900, the renovation formed part of the £2.7 million Heritage Lottery-funded renovation scheme for what was the city’s first municipal park. The unusual building was restored to create a unique cultural venue and outdoor classroom.

A 0.8 gauge natural zinc from VM Zinc was used. It was fitted with sliding caps, one of the earliest techniques for constructing a zinc roof. In the original construction the zinc was laid hollow and wired to the wrought ironwork frame. However, by being unsupported, it would have continued to be prone to denting, so architects approved the use of timber boarding to alleviate the problem.

Archive photographs were used to ensure all original detailing was accurately replicated. Contracting was entrusted to Peters Roofing, a long-established specialist in fixing zinc on listed buildings throughout the country.

With support from VM Zinc, work was carried out to English Heritage best practice standards for heritage conservation and restoration. Components were hand crafted using a combination of the latest machinery and traditional skills before the installation was finalised. Skilled craftsmen then applied the finishing touches.