Situated in West Bromwich to the east of Birmingham the Manor House is a Grade I listed, moated Manor House – a stately historic patchwork with elements from the 13th to 20th centuries – sitting alongside a Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse, with modern outbuildings, and all surrounded by 14,000m2 of landscaped grounds.
Although the freehold is owned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council the properties were for many years leased out to a series of commercial tenants and operated as a pub and catering and function venue, but those tenancies were increasingly unsuccessful. Having finally failed as a business venture the property was closed down by the lessee and, in consequence, fell into a state of neglect.
The only solution was to return the property to the Council, but with what purpose? Petersham Group were commissioned by Sandwell MBC’s Museums, Arts & Tourism Department to carry out an options appraisal to evaluate a range of options that could safeguard the property and restore it to a meaningful asset of which the community could once again be proud. The options we explored and evaluated included conversion to: educational use, museum, visitor attraction, offices, an events and functions venue, housing, craft workshops and commercial/pub restaurant use.
The property is now in the process of being restored and converted into a heritage visitor attraction by the Museums, Arts & Tourism Department and is also being used to accommodate a range of community projects and activities while the restoration programme is ongoing.
- Client Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
- Date September 16, 2013
- Tags Options Appraisals, Historic and Heritage Properties