THE OPPORTUNITY

THE OPPORTUNITY2017-11-14T12:04:25+00:00
Section across the site showing link between the Forum, St. Mary’s Church and Shakespeare North

This is a unique opportunity for tenancy of a newly refurbished and re-modelled building that is currently at the design stage and can be fitted out and adjusted to suit your requirements. See proposed plan.

  • The building and the public space it opens on to are being transformed as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative

  • The premises and open space will be unique and of a high quality: the design is the winner of an international design competition run by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
  • The premises will have an approximate gross internal floor area of 65sqm (39sqm net) comprising servery, dining / multi-use room, WC, accessible WC and back-of-house / storage room
  • The building has front access from Market Place and service access from the council-owned car park to the rear

  • The occupier will have control over the feature lighting and potential water feature in the public open space in front of the building

  • The council will maintain the public open space and soft landscaping

  • The building will be complete by June 2018

The Social Outcomes

The tenant should be able to run a high quality food and drink business from the premises, and support the social and cultural activities that are the life and soul of Prescot.

The  tenant should be able to drive footfall into Market Place and can specifically:

  • Pro-actively manage a programme of events and activities to take place on the open space in front of the premises. This can range from performances, festivals to seasonal markets

  • Make the business part of the social life of the town by allowing the multi-use room to be used by community groups for events, activities and exhibitions

  • Allow and encourage the building or space to be used for community or cultural activity on evenings and weekends where required and reasonable

  • Potential interest in using the building or space has been sought from existing community and cultural groups

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The Tenant

Plan drawing of the proposed Forum

The mix of economic and social aspirations that Knowsley Council has for the buildings and site means that the Council is willing to forego the market rent for the building for the right tenant.  Applications for the tenancy will be assessed on:

  • Your ability to support cultural and community activity on open space and in the building (the ‘social outcomes’)

  • Your ability to cover the rent and overheads of occupying the building (the ‘price’)

  • Your ability to occupy the building immediately upon completion (currently anticipated to be June 2018)

In all cases, the greatest weight will be given to bids that best meet the social outcomes.

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