City council to buy Vaughan College

Posted by pt91 at Jul 09, 2015 11:35 AM |
Grade two-listed building to contribute to city’s regeneration plans

Issued by Leicester City Council on 9 July 2015

A GRADE two-listed building that is home to Leicester’s Jewry Wall museum is to be purchased by the city council.

Vaughan College on St Nicholas Circle has been on the market since 2013, when the University of Leicester transferred its operations to its main campus.

Now, City Mayor Peter Soulsby has announced that the council is to buy the property from the university at a cost of £300,000, giving the council an opportunity to refresh the museum – and make the most of its important location between the waterside regeneration area and the city centre.

“Vaughan College is an excellent example of a building of its time, and is one of the very few city buildings from the 1960s to be listed,” said the City Mayor.

“By bringing it into the city council’s ownership, we will be able to think creatively about the entire building and look at the full potential of this site.

“It also gives us an opportunity to refresh our Jewry Wall museum, which  – with its Roman masonry, mosaics and wall plasters – reflects such an important part of Leicester’s history.

“Although firm plans are yet to be made, we will be looking to improve access to the building and its links to the area around it.

“Its location, between the waterside regeneration area and the city centre, gives us an opportunity to create a significant new gateway that successfully links the two areas together – and that’s something we’ll be looking at.

“We’re very grateful to the university for supporting our plans to revitalise this area of the city by selling the building to us – and we recognise that this deal indicates their strong commitment to the city.”

While the ground floor of Vaughan College houses Jewry Wall museum – an area currently occupied by the city council on a 999-year lease – the rest of the building has been vacant for around two years. The university therefore welcomes the fact that the building will now be able to play its part in the city’s regeneration.

“The University of Leicester is pleased that this listed building is now in public ownership and will contribute to the continuing regeneration of this historic quarter of Leicester city centre,” said a spokesperson for the university.

“The building’s location, adjacent to the nearly 2000-year-old Jewry Wall, makes it an integral part of the heritage of Leicester.”

Detailed terms will now be agreed to complete the purchase of Vaughan College.

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