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									   Former Town Hall, Widmore Road and Tweedy Road
                        Bromley
                          And
            Car Park, South Street, Bromley


The Council is seeking offers for a long leasehold interest in the properties.

The Council is currently preparing an Area Action Plan to guide development
and improvements in Bromley Town Centre. Ensuring that the Borough’s town
centres are vibrant and thriving is one of the Council’s key priorities. The
Council aims to ensure that Bromley maintains and enhances its competitive
position, making the most of its rich, market town heritage while encouraging
and stimulating new development.

Location
The property is a prominent landmark in the town centre. It is only a minute’s
walk from Bromley North Railway Station, which has services to Charing
Cross, and is within walking distance of Bromley South Station, which has a
frequent fast service to London Victoria (approx 16 minutes) and a service to
London Blackfriars (approx 28 minutes). It is well placed for access to the
M25 via the A21 (junction 4, approx 9 miles distant).

The property is well located for access to the extensive shopping and leisure
facilities offered by Bromley town centre, which include The Glades Shopping
Centre, the Pavilion Leisure Centre and the Churchill Theatre.
                                      Town
                                      Hall




The Town Hall

The Town Hall was built in two stages. The earlier building, which fronts
Tweedy Road, was built in 1906. This was extended in 1939 by the addition of
another wing, with a separate entrance onto Widmore Road. This building is
now known as Exchequer House. The buildings are arranged around a
courtyard which provides 30 car parking spaces with access from Court
Street.
The Town Hall is a Grade II listed building. The 1906 building retains much of
the original office layout, together with the Council Chamber, entrance
vestibule and civic staircase. The former magistrates court which was housed
in the building has more recently been used as a bar and venue for live
entertainment. English Heritage has confirmed that any alterations to the
building will have to safeguard both internal and external features and any
works will require listed building consent.

The 1939 building has been subject to more modification and updating,
having been refurbished in the early1990s. It provides areas of open plan
offices, but original features have been retained, particularly panelling to the
walls of some of the offices on the upper floors and stone cladding to the
entrance and main staircase. It features an impressive entrance foyer and
staircase designed in the art deco style.

Although built in two distinct phases, the services to the building are all
shared, together with fire escape routes. The property is served by gas central
heating. The boilers also heat the water supply.

Accommodation
The buildings provide the following approximate accommodation:

1906 Building, Tweedy Road
Ground floor                      882m²               9,490 sq ft
First floor                       691m²               7,440 sq ft
Basement                          296m²               3,190 sq ft
1939 Building, Widmore Road
Ground and first floor      1,479m²                 15,918 sq ft
Council chamber suite         369 m²                 3,970 sq ft
Basement                      287m²                  3,095 sq ft
Prefabricated building         75m²                    815 sq ft

Part of the basement was occupied for the purpose of an Electricity Sub
Station. The lease of this accommodation has been terminated and the
equipment has been removed.

Asbestos
The asbestos survey for the Town Hall is available on the Council’s website at
www.bromley.gov.uk/business/property /townhall

Rateable Value
The building is divided into the following assessments:

1906 building                         £110,000
1906 basement                         £6,700
1939 building                         £198,000
South Street Car Park                 £23,750

The current Uniform Business Rate is 46.2p in £.


South Street Car Park

The car park in South Street adjoins the Bromley Fire Station. It currently
provides 68 car parking spaces, which have been used in association with the
Town Hall on weekdays and for public parking at the weekend. This site has
an area of approximately 0.21ha (0.52acres).


Proposals
The Council is seeking a purchaser who has a vision for this important
Bromley building. Offers for a long leasehold interest are being sought from
parties interested in using the property for office use, or for a hotel/conference
centre. These uses have been identified as appropriate for this location
through the consultation exercise which has been carried out with
stakeholders in the development of the Council’s Area Action Plan. It is felt
that such uses are important in maintaining the vitality and diversity of the
town centre.

The Council’s Chief Planner has produced design guidance for this
Opportunity Site, which is set out in the Appendix.
Offers are invited for the Town Hall and South Street car park as one lot, or,
alternatively, as two separate lots. Please note that the development of South
Street car park will be restricted to office or hotel/conference centre.
Residential use of either the Town Hall or the car park will not be permitted
under the terms of the lease.

The Town Hall buildings contain some features of civic interest, and it is
hoped that the purchaser will agree to include the building in the Open House
Scheme, which is operated by London Open House (www.openhouse.org.uk)
and which allows access to buildings which are not usually open to the public
on special event weekends once a year.


Planning
The buildings are Grade II listed.

The Town Hall and South Street Car Park are identified in the Revised
Preferred Options of the Bromley Area Action Plan as Opportunity Site C. The
reference to residential use on this site has been removed in the light of the
proposed scale of residential development elsewhere in the town and it is
identified as suitable for office and / or hotel and conference centre use.

The Chief Planner’s design guidance for the Town Hall and South Street Car
park is included as an appendix to these sales particulars.

For further information on the Area Action Plan please contact Rita
Westlotorn, the Town Centre Development Manager on 020 8313 4582.

For further information on heritage and urban design issues please contact
Peter Martin, the Head of Urban and Heritage Design on 020 8313 4548.


Title
The Council owns the freehold interest in both the Town Hall and South Street
Car Park.

The freehold interest in the Town Hall is currently being registered. There are
no covenants affecting the property.

The title to South Street car park is partly registered and partly unregistered.
An application has been made to register the title. There are no covenants
affecting the site. The boundary between the site and the adjoining Fire
Station in South Street has been treated as a party wall.

Timescale
The 1903 part of the Town Hall is currently vacant, although a temporary
tenant may be sought. Exchequer House is currently let to Liberata Ltd which
occupies the property in order to perform exchequer services for the Council.
Arrangements are in hand to relocate Liberata, and it is anticipated that
vacant possession of this part of the property will be available in September
2009. Vacant possession of South Street car park will also be available at that
time.

Viewing Arrangements
To make an appointment to view the property please contact Heather Hosking
on 020 8313 4421.
The 1903 building is currently vacant. However, the 1939 building (Exchequer
House) will be occupied during the marketing period.



Method of Sale
The Council is seeking offers for a 125 year lease of the Town Hall and South
Street Car Park. The properties are offered together or as two separate lots.
Offers, which will be subject to contract, are sought on the basis of a payment
of a premium on the grant of the lease, with a subsequent rent of a
peppercorn.

The offers should be of a firm and specified amount. Any conditions to which
the offers are subject should be stated, together with any assumptions on
which they are based.

Offers should be submitted on the tender form enclosed in these details, in a
special envelope, which will be provided on request. Please contact Jackie
Cosgrave on 020 8313 4481 to obtain an envelope.

Please provide brief details of your proposals with your offer. If you are
proposing to develop the South Street Car Park site please provide
sketch drawings showing your proposals, which should accord with the
design principles being established in the emerging Area Action Plan
(please see Design Guidance in the appendix).


Tender Date

Offers and information on proposals should be sent in the special envelope
provided on request (contact 020 8313 4481 to obtain the envelope) to:

The Director of Legal and Democratic Services
London Borough of Bromley
Civic Centre
Stockwell Close
Bromley
BR1 3UH
To be received no later than NOON on WEDNESDAY, 15th October 2008.

Please note that offers transmitted by facsimile or e-mail cannot be accepted.

If you have any queries please contact Heather Hosking on 020 8313 4421 or
by e-mail at heather.hosking@bromley.gov.uk


Please note
Although reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of the information
contained in these sales particulars, its accuracy is not guaranteed and
purchasers should satisfy themselves that information on which they rely in
preparing their proposals and offers is correct.

These sales particulars do not form any part of any contract.

The Council does not bind itself to accept any proposal and this invitation to
submit an offer does not commit the Council to pay any costs incurred by the
applicants.

The Council does not propose to issue instructions to agents and if you are an
estate agent it is assumed that you are retained by a client.
The Chief Property Officer on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley gives
notice that:

   i)     These particulars are for guidance only and are expressly excluded
          from any part of any contract. Any measurements given are
          indicative only.
   ii)    None of the statements contained in these particulars is to be relied
          on as a statement or representation of fact.
   iii)   Any intending purchaser must satisfy himself or herself by
          inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the
          statements contained in these particulars.
   iv)    The Council does not make or give any representation or warranty
          whatsoever in relation to the property.
                                                                        APPENDIX



                            DESIGN GUIDANCE


Site C Town Halls and South Street Car Park
Development Options Requirement

  •   Hotel
  •   Business
  •   Conference centre
  •   Offices

Analysis

  •   The statutory listed town halls need care to revitalise their special interest and
      reclaim the quality of their exterior treatment and setting in this key town
      location

  •   The car park site needs to be knitted back into the fabric of the town with a
      development sympathetic to the surrounding context responding sensitively to
      the surrounding historic buildings and the conservation area

  •   Development can include improvements to public space such as upgraded
      pedestrian access including connectivity with the station and the residential
      areas to the east

Key Design Principles

  •   New uses within town halls should provide the opportunity to finance
      renovation and repair to preserve and enhance the building’s special interest
      and address the quality of courtyard structures, escape stairs, servicing,
      parking and general access matters (internal alterations will require
      consultation with conservation officers)

  •   Development of the car park should provide a well articulated and active
      elevation along Tweedy Road set at, or near, the current back edge of
      pavement to maximise the site and provide a sense of civic streetscape in
      scale with the broad carriageway

  •   The flank elevation at East Street should be carefully handled to articulate the
      corner treatment in streetscape views from Bromley North Station piazza. The
      existing grassed area may be an opportunity to provide more usable public
      space

  •   Design should respect the statutory listed and locally listed civic building
      group neighbours including town halls, magistrates court, fire station and the
    recently converted School of Science & Art all of which fall within the Bromley
    Town Centre Conservation Area

•   Vehicular access should be via South Street

•   Opportunities exist to improve the pedestrian environment across East Street
    and South Street and this could include raised tables and other traffic calming
    measures that will improve pedestrian movement along Tweedy Road and
    enhance the public space environment in this part of North Village.
                               Contact List

Queries regarding sales information   Heather Hosking, Principal Valuer
and property issues                   020 8313 4421
                                      heather.hosking@bromley.gov.uk

Heritage and Urban Design Issues      Peter Martin, Head of Heritage and
                                      Urban Design
                                      020 8313 4548
                                      peter.martin@bromley.gov.uk

Bromley Area Action Plan              Rita Westlotorn, Bromley Town
                                      Centre development Manager
                                      020 8313 4582
                                      rita.westlotorn@bromley.gov.uk

Transport and Highways                Gareth Davies, Assistant Director
                                      (Transportation and Planning)
                                      020 8313 4540
                                      gareth.davies@bromley.gov.uk

Viewing Arrangements                  Heather Hosking
                                      020 8313 4421
                                      Tony Cooper
                                      020 8313 4597
Tender envelope requests              Jackie Cosgrave
                                      020 8313 4481
                                      jackie.cosgrave@bromley.gov.uk
                                              TENDER FORM

                Former Bromley Town Hall and South Street Car Park

This form must be completed and returned with supporting information in the
special envelope which will be provided on request (telephone 020 8313 4481
to obtain) and delivered to:

                        The Director of Legal and Democratic Services
                                 London Borough of Bromley
                                Civic Centre, Stockwell Close
                                           Bromley
                                          BR1 3UH

Offers should arrive by NOON on WEDNESDAY 15th October 2008. Offers
must be of a firm and specified amount.

I hereby offer to purchase, subject to contract, a 125 year lease of

    i)    The Former Bromley Town Hall and South Street Car Park,
in the sum of………………………………………………………………………….
or
    ii)   The Former Bromley Town Hall
In the sum of………………………………………………………………………
Or
    iii)  South Street Car Park
In the sum of ………………………………………………………………………….

Name of Company……………………………………………………………………
Address………………………………………………………………………………
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Telephone……………………………………………………………………………..
Signature……………………………………………………………………………….
Position Held in Company……………………………………………………………

On behalf of (if appropriate)………………………………………………………….
Address………………………………………………………………………………...
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Telephone……………………………………………………………………………..

Solicitor…………………………………………………………………………………
Address………………………………………………………………………………
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Person
dealing…………………………………………………………………………

								
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