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Bruton Knowles is inviting offers of interest on a historic Grade 2* listed building in Birmingham, a landmark of the city’s Tudor heritage. The national property consultancy has been instructed by The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Nicolas, Kings Norton to sell or lease the property to an appropriate buyer.

After winning BBC 2’s Restoration Programme in 2004, the property, St Nicolas Place, received £2.5m from the National Lottery Heritage Grant Funding. The funding, combined with The PCCs contribution of £1.5m, allowed the property to be fully restored and it has since been used as a commercial and community enterprise. 

Based at 81 The Green, Kings Norton, a suburb just six miles south of Birmingham city centre, the building dates back to the 15th century and is set in a village steeped with history, with good transport connections into the city. 

Bruton Knowles is welcoming offers of interest and will be proactively looking for a buyer who will continue the good work of the PCC, ensuring the upkeep of the building and its service to the local community remains a priority. 

With expert knowledge of both the Birmingham area and local community, plus years of experience working with Church groups, the team is well placed to market the building and secure a desirable buyer.

With a number of large function rooms, along with smaller spaces, there is opportunity for the space to have multiple uses. Bruton Knowles Partner Ian Mercer predicts it may attract professional services, such as doctors or dentists, or smaller retail outlets which can fill the smaller spaces whilst still allowing room for local community groups to continue. 

As part of the National Lottery funding, the building is required to be maintained and used in accordance with the fund’s terms and conditions with any sale or lease of the building subject to the Fund’s approval, and is being sold with its existing occupiers and current leases in place.

Ian Mercer continues: “As an agency we have years of experience working with Church groups across the country. By working closely with the PCC we will ensure the changed ownership of this much-loved property within their portfolio is managed in a professional and sensitive manner. 

“We welcome buyers who will prioritise the up-keep of the building and take on the current tenants. There is opportunity to use the building for commercial or community services, and we are already in conversations with potential buyers, working closely with our client to deliver against their requirements.” 

Larry Wright, Reverend, Kings Norton Team Parish, comments: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bruton Knowles on the sale or lease of St Nicolas Place. We have worked hard to maintain a high level of conservation for the building. After 90 years of careful stewardship we have now acknowledged that we are unable to sustain the levels of resource required and still prioritise the provision of other key buildings within our portfolio such as The Old Grammar School. Only by selling to an appropriate buyer will we be able to secure the future of St Nicolas Place and allow it to be used for future generations. 

“Bruton Knowles’ expertise of not only the local area but of the sale of similar buildings, was a key part of the decision making when choosing a potential consultancy to bring the property to market. We trust in their professionalism to bring us a buyer who will meet the requirements laid out for the property.”

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