Preserving and Protecting Cheltenham’s Architecture
Cheltenham Civic Society have now completed their purchase of Westminster House, 26 Cambray Place, which will become the charity’s new head quarters once refurbished.
Believed to date back to the early 1800’s (source: Historic England), Westminster House is a Grade II listed Villa with three floors of accommodation. Having previously been occupied as office space, KBW was instructed to market the premises on a Sale or Leasehold basis.
The introduction of the new ‘Class E’ use class in September 2020 greatly expands the flexibility to use buildings for alternative purposes without the need for a planning application so along with office uses, we also received enquiries from a range of other Class E uses, as well as for conversion to residential.
Terms were agreed with Cheltenham Civic Society in March 2022 and a sale completed within 3 months.
KBW’s Commercial Director Richard Knightley comments: “Advertising Cambray Place during the forced lockdown periods due to Covid meant we had to get creative with our marketing strategy. Cambray Place was one of the first of our listings to benefit from a ‘Virtual Viewing’ which enabled our Agency team to continue meaningful discussions with applicants despite the challenges being faced. We are delighted that Cheltenham Civic Society have plans to sympathetically refurbish the building and look forward to seeing how the work progresses over the next year ahead of the relocation of their headquarters”.
Cheltenham Civic Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the objectives of promoting the high standards of planning and architecture locally; the preservation, protection, development and care of features of historic or public interest; and educating the public on such topics. More information about the work they do can be found via their website www.cheltcivicsoc.org
KBW’s Agency team is able to advise on freehold or leasehold disposals of a variety of property types, please call 01242 244744 for more information.