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Bromley town hall up for sale

Bromley Town Hall

Bromley Town Hall

Richard Eaton

The borough's old town hall is up for sale and the council is expecting a "substantial" sum for the 100-year-old venue.

Bromley council has begun a tendering process for the Grade II listed building in Tweedy Road, Bromley.

It will be available on a 250 year lease and the council said it was hoping for a “high quality” hotel or office to restore the site.

The sale will be tied in to Bromley’s Area Action Plan to improve the town centre which the council described as promoting “Bromley’s position as metropolitan town centre, making it a vibrant place where an increasing number of people want to live, work and shop.”

Director of Renewal and Recreation, Marc Hume, said: “It is important to ensure that Bromley maintains and enhances its competitive position, building on its heritage, as well as encouraging and stimulating new development. The town hall site is an excellent opportunity to provide Bromley with a quality hotel and conference facility, as outlined in our AAP and we would particularly welcome offers of this nature.”

A spokesperson said they would wait until all the bids were in before looking at them and then would decide on what each one had to offer to the community as well. He said the building had not been valued but added: “We’re looking at substantial sums of money.”

The original building on Tweedy Road was constructed in 1906 much of the original office layout is preserved, keeping the original council chamber, entrance vestibule and civic staircase.

The 1939 extension on Widmore Road has been more recently updated, but still has many original features including the art deco staircase and panelling. The buildings are arranged around a large courtyard, with 30 car parking spaces and access from Court Street. South Street car park has 68 parking spaces.

The closing date for offers is noon on December 15 2010 and detailed sales particulars, tender form, asbestos survey, energy performance information, layout plans and additional photos are available at www.bromley.gov.uk/townhall

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