The Parks Trust has been granted planning permission to improve the open air theatre at Campbell Park.
Construction will start on the new amphitheatre on Monday and should take just over two months.
Briony Serginson, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re very excited to have got planning permission for these improvements as they will allow us to encourage a wider variety of outdoor events and attract more high profile performers and performances to Campbell Park.”
The existing stage will be removed and a new, larger oval stage will be installed. This will have a permanent canopy overhead to shield performers and their equipment from rain and sun. The plans also include creating a gabion wall behind the stage to provide screening and direct sound towards the audience. The wall will be hand filled with locally sourced natural stone, and the back of it will eventually become covered in climbing plants including hydrangea, roses and winter flowering jasmine. The existing low fencing and hedge at the top of the amphitheatre will also be extended in order to keep sheep from grazing on the terraced grass seating area.
Briony added: “A key benefit of the improvements is that we will be able to move virtually all music events from the events plateau, where the funfair is located, down into the amphitheatre, where we can better contain any noise. The plateau will then be freed up for event car parking so when we have events fewer cars will be parked in residential areas.”
The new amphitheatre has been designed by award winning Hinton Cook Architects based at Linford Wood, and will be developed by Jackson Coles Construction Consultants based at Caldecotte. The main contractor will be Miletree Construction based in Old Wolverton.