Bridgford Hall consultation

Rushcliffe Borough Council is looking for future uses for the iconic Bridgford Hall, and wants your views on possibilities by the 24 February 2013.

The Georgian Hall is owned by Rushcliffe Borough Council, and leased by Nottinghamshire County Council as a registrar’s office.

The Hall is Grade II listed and any future uses would need Listed Building Consent.

The Hall needs to be used to prevent the building deteriorating. It is currently partly empty and does not meet accessibility standards. The Council wants to protect this historically important building for future generations and plans to find a cost effective solution by securing a long term tenancy.

The Council now wants to find the best possible use of this building, and to ensure that any future ideas are economically viable.

We have already sought ideas on what the building could possibly be used for, some of the suggestions are:

  • A small hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Wedding ceremony venue
  • An arts and craft centre
  • A building with units for start-up businesses

Please provide us with your views by completing the online survey.

 

Bridgford Hall - Communication Exercise - Results

Following a report to Cabinet in December 2012, a communication exercise took place between 11–24 February 2013 to gauge the views of residents, park and town centre users and other interested bodies, and to explain the reasons why the Council is looking to secure a tenant to protect the future use of Bridgford Hall.

Information was posted on our website about the consultation on 11 February including a link to an electronic survey. Face-to-face street surveys took place throughout the consultation period, which incorporated the half-term holiday for Nottinghamshire schools

A press release received coverage in the Evening Post on 18 February and letters were sent to local residents’ groups.

In total there were 440 responses; 264 people completed the survey face to face in West Bridgford or at the Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre, 11 surveys were received through the post and 163 online via our website. 2 letters/emails were received from interested parties. The results represent all of the views submitted.

Results

Q1. Which of the following uses do you think is suitable for Bridgford Hall?

440 people responded – a number of respondents selected multiple options

A small hotel

160

36%

Restaurant

151

34%

Wedding ceremony venue

342

78%

An arts and craft centre

109

25%

A building with units for start-up businesses

71

16%

A summary of suggestions for other uses, a number of residents made multiple suggestions:

A combination of a hotel, restaurant and wedding/conference venue

53

Museum, gallery, exhibition, concert space, arts and crafts

17

Child friendly play, activity, education centre

14

A Spa

3

Offices or/and Residential Flats

9

Café or Tea Rooms

7

Shopping Arcade/ Venue for Local Suppliers

5

Community building with a variety of uses

8

Sell the building but ensure it is protected

2

Martial Arts Centre

1

NHS walk-in centre

1

Any use – rule nothing out at this stage

4

Q2. The Hall is currently used for wedding ceremonies; do you think it is important to continue this use in the Hall if we can find a suitable tenant for the rest of the building?

440 people responded.

Yes

365

83%

No

24

5%

If it doesn’t affect the prospect of a tenant

38

9%

Not bothered

13

2%

Q3. Which of the following factors do you think it is important we bear in mind when deciding on the future use of the Hall?

440 people responded – a number of respondents selected multiple options

The effect on local car parking

164

37%

Managed by a local business

91

21%

Use by a community group/groups

115

26%

Maintaining the external appearance of the building

276

62%

Benefit the local community

312

71%

Benefit the local economy

227

52%

Minimise the cost to the Rushcliffe tax payer

160

36%

Q4.  Information about you:

439 people responded

Live in Rushcliffe

331

75%

Work in Rushcliffe

52

12%

Live and work outside of Rushcliffe

47

11%

Local business

9

2%

Q5. Your age:

436 people responded

Working age

337

77%

Retired

96

22%

Under 18/ In education

3

1%

Q6. Gender:

436 people responded

Male

162

37%

Female

274

63%

Q7. If you have any more suggestions please let us know here:

There were various responses, some of which were contradictory.

Some residents were concerned that the listed building status would affect the building’s future use and felt the Council should be flexible in its approach to the building, even demolishing parts of it. Some residents wanted to protect the front of the hall and keep it to a similar size footprint. A suggestion was made to sell the building to fund other capital projects.

Parking was raised both as a suggestion that parking should be provided specifically for the use of the Hall, and as a concern that no further parking should be created that might impinge on the park.

Some residents wanted to restrict access to the park out of hours to prevent antisocial behaviour.

Some residents said that the future use of the Hall needs to be sympathetic to the park, and fit in with the surrounding. Access to the park should not be restricted.

The accessibility of the building was raised by several residents as a concern. Providing additional outdoor seating was raised as a suggestion as was to provide no outdoor seating.

Several people said that the building needs to pay for itself and generate maximum income, be economically viable and provide value for money. A few residents wanted to keep out national chains.

It should be noted that these comments are not necessarily representative of survey participants.

Ownership of the Hall

In addition, some questions have continually been raised about the ownership and covenants of the Hall, Lodge and Park. The following information is provided for clarification.

Bridgford Park (including The Hall) was sold by Albert Heymann to West Bridgford Urban District Council on 4 May 1923. No covenants were included in that conveyance except for one, to observe covenants in an 1891 conveyance of part of this land from Denis Le Marchant and others to Albert Heymann.

The 1891 covenants stipulated that no buildings other than private dwelling houses of a certain minimum value could be erected on the part of the former estate that corresponds to what is now commonly known as The Croquet Lawn.

The Hall is Grade 2 listed, however the Lodge is not. The Lodge sits within the curtilage of the listed building and as such any future proposals for the Lodge would need to take that into consideration.

Next steps

Following the report to Cabinet in December 2012, a formal marketing process has been carried out to receive expressions of interest for leasing the Hall. A brief will be sent out to shortlisted parties to work up detailed bids for the Hall and this process will take place over the next few weeks after which recommendations will be made. The Council is not bound to appoint any of the bidders.

Bridgford Hall marketing documents

Contact details are available in the marketing brochure.

The deadline for submissions is 22 February 2013.

Floor plans for the properties

The information contained within the brochure and on this web page have been produced in good faith, are intended as a general guide only and do not constitute or form any part of an offer or contract and nothing in the marketing information can imply any commitment by the Council to sell this property.

Indicative Marketing Timeline for Bridgford Hall and Park Lodge

TaskStart dateEnd Date
Marketing 14 January 2013 22 February 2013
Expressions of Interest deadline - 22 February 2013
Public Consultation 11 February 2013 24 February 2013
Analysis of Expressions of Interest and Public Consultation 25 February 2013 01 March 2013
Shortlisting of Expressions of Interest & notification 25 February 2013 01 March 2013
Preparation of detailed Offer by shortlisted parties 01 March 2013 26 April 2013
Submission of Offer by shortlisted parties - 26 April 2013
Interviews with shortlisted parties 29 April 2013 03 May 2013
Report to Cabinet - 14 May 2013
Appointment of developer 27 May 2013 31 May 2013
Legals/contract 03 June 2013 19 July 2013
Application for planning permission tbc tbc
Construction period tbc tbc

Please note: dates are subject to change and are not final.


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