Pasmore Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee

After years of vandalism, anti-social behaviour and neglect, Victor Pasmore's iconic 1969 Pavilion in Peterlee has been restored. Its academic and skilful restoration has received awards from the RIBA, Civic Trust and Durham County Council. Since the restoration works it has been further recognised by its listed Grade II* status.

The concrete structure bridges a lake set in parkland. The design comprises large geometric planes of fairface and exposed aggregate concrete with murals. It required extensive concrete repair, reinstatement of balustrades and, to provide public access, a new stair.

In the late 70's, the Pavilion fell into disrepair and its fate remained in the balance for some years. However, it was championed by Tony Burns of Burns Architects whilst others called for its demolition.

A growing local movement, with support from English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society, saw the restoration of the Pavilion, with Heritage Lottery funding, in 2009.

An educational programme of social events, workshops and work in schools is in place and visitors can, once again, gain access to the deck to experience this pioneering work.

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You can see a fly through of the pavilion at the following link


This project was undertaken at our former practice and is reproduced with the permission of the estate of Anthony Burns. ©Burns Architects 2011

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