Burkill Hall and the Bandstand, two historic attractions at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will receive a fresh coat of paint by paints and coatings company, AkzoNobel, under the Garden City Fund, the National Parks Board’s registered charity.
Built in 1868, Burkill Hall is believed to be the only surviving example of an Anglo-Malayan plantation-style house in Southeast Asia. A popular wedding venue, it once served as the residence of the Gardens’ superintendents and Directors for more than a hundred years.
Meanwhile, the Bandstand is an octagonal gazebo-like building which derived its name from the open parade ground built in 1861. In the past, it regularly hosted evening performances by military bands, and concerts are still occasionally held there.
Refurbishment works for both buildings are expected to be completed by February next year.
Dr Nigel Taylor, Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, said: “The rich cultural heritage of the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a collection of the shared memories spanning generations of Singaporeans. Conservation of the Gardens’ icons like Burkill Hall and the Bandstand are key to this.”
Established in 1859, the 74-hectare Gardens attracts more than 4.4 million visitors annually, and was inscribed as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
Photo of the Bandstand, in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Source: Wikimedia Commons