National experts in regenerating historic buildings have been appointed to consider the future of Stafford’s Shire Hall.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has been commissioned by Staffordshire County Council to assess possible future uses of the Grade II* listed building, the benefits and risks of different approaches and how they might be funded.
The charity, founded by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, has worked on more than 90 projects in two decades, including the Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent which is used as the setting for BBC TV’s Great Pottery Throw Down.
Ian Parry, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Matters, said:
The county council is committed to ensuring Shire Hall is maintained and preserved for future generations.
The intention is to find ways of keeping it, and the buildings behind it, busy, successful and able to have a viable future that also projects the heritage of our county town.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a world-leader in revitalising historic buildings and I am confident that this will produce the best solution for a sustainable future for the building.”
At the same time we are already talking to other public and private sector partners to discuss various possibilities and it’s fair to say there has been an encouraging response.”
The gallery based in Shire Hall opened for the last time yesterday, while the multi-sensory environment room will be moved to a dedicated room at nearby Stafford Library and is due to reopen later this month.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust works with community groups, building owners and public bodies to create sustainable futures for cherished buildings. Its successful projects include revitalising a hospital, former public baths and a theatre in Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens complex.