Braunstone Hall Could Get A New Lease Of Life As a Hotel, Weddings And Conference Venue..

Historic Braunstone Hall looks set to be turned into a wedding venue and conference centre after lying empty for more than a decade. Braunstone Hall has been a target for vandals and arsonists since it closed as a junior school in 1996. An anonymous potential developer is now in the final stages of negotiations over renovating the Grade II-listed 18th-century building and leasing it from the council as part of a 125-year contract. City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "A final preferred developer has been chosen and I am pleased to say that their intentions for the hall include a wedding and conference style building. "I think that is a perfect idea, and can imagine right now a bride and groom standing outside the fantastic hall, once it is renovated, looking out over the fantastic grounds the building is set in. Of course, nothing is certain until a contract is signed, but I am hopeful." Two developers said they were interested in the hall at the end of last year. The council considered both applications, and picked one - a wedding venue, with conference and leisure facilities. The council is currently deciding the amount of money they will give to the developer, who they said had a "good track record" of revamping historic buildings. It is hoped an agreement between the developer and the authority can be reached in the next couple of weeks. Sir Peter said: "I can't say at the minute how much it will be, but I will say it won't be a blank cheque, and it won't be millions of pounds. "Obviously the schedule of work will be up to the developer, but we would not choose them as a preferred developer, if they were not planning to bring the hall back into use in good time. "I would hope that within at least 12 months, we would look to see some very substantial progress." Lee Clarke, of the Restore Braunstone Hall campaign group, said he thought the wedding venue idea was the best option for the hall. He said: "I was very happy to hear the council has finally selected a preferred bidder with an excellent track record for restoring similar buildings to their former glory. "I think the proposed scheme is the best option for the hall because of it's unique location within the park, it has a beautiful setting that will be ideal for a weddings and conference venue." He said he hoped the revamp would put an end to vandalism the hall has endured since it closed, and urged the council to look after the building until the developer started work. He added: "I would also like to see the council undertaking some of the work themselves such as clearing the overgrown vegetation, smoke damage and graffiti to help prevent the property from falling further into disrepair." The hall was built by William Oldham in 1776. The Winstanley family lived there until 1926, when the building was converted into a school. - Leicester Mercury, Published Feb 27th, 2012


The History of Braunstone Park..

The first records of Braunstone are found in the Doomsday Book of 1086..


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The History of Braunstone Hall..

Braunstone Hall was built in 1776 for the Winstanley family, lords of..