One of the leading Midlands surveyors, FHP, has advised WCG (formerly known as Warwickshire College Group) in their ambitious bid to transform a historic hall in Warwickshire.
Andrew Chapman of FHP has provided valuation in support of WCG’s application to The National Lottery Heritage, as the group aim to breath fresh life into a derelict Grade II listed Georgian-styled mansion.
Andrew Chapman, Director, FHP, said: “This was a highly complex valuation project due to the listed nature of the building and its location within a Special Landscape Area, where development is typically constrained.
“One of the main challenges in restoring a property like Moreton Hall is in ensuring that the building can not only be made fit for purpose within an acceptable budget, but that refurbishment is carried out in a way that does justice to what is an important regional landmark.
“Working closely with WCG’s designated project team, we are pleased to have reached a valuation that is both logical and sits within a wider body of market evidence. We hope that the application is successful in securing Moreton Hall’s long-term viability.”
Moreton Hall has remained in an unusable state since a devasting fire in 2008. If WCG’s plans are successful, the £8.5m transformation will turn the former hall into a boutique hotel environment, giving students the chance to work alongside hotel professionals.
The historic Moreton Hall sits within the ancient settlement of the Moreton Morrell Conservation Area as defined in the Domesday Book – the manuscript of William the Conqueror’s 1086 great land survey.
John King, project manager, WCG said: “We knew we needed somebody with sufficient experience who would not adopt a ‘painting by numbers’ approach to what was a challenging valuation, with little or no direct comparison from which to draw upon. We identified Andrew Chapman as the best person to assist us and are grateful for his skill and professionalism in arriving at a justifiable valuation that we believe bears scrutiny.
“We want to restore this iconic building and create a much needed high-quality training venue, capable of providing the next generation of skilled employees in the hospitality and tourism industry. We are hopeful of receiving further support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable our vision for The Moreton Hall Hotel Training School to become a reality.”