On behalf of Brent Council, global property advisers, Colliers International has completed the freehold sale of Brent Town Hall to the Wembley Educational Charitable Trust (WECT). The WECT will be the owner of the premises for the new Lycée Français International de Londres, which will be situated in the former Brent Town Hall. It is an independent charity set up to purchase and own the building allowing for the advancement of the French curriculum in London through the creation of a new French international Lycée which will help alleviate the lack of French school places available in the Capital.
, Head of Residential, UK at Colliers International, said: “Brent Town Hall
is a landmark building built in 1940 in a stunning Art Deco style. It is the perfect location to house a new school. The project was a fantastic one to work on, supported by a good solid team that was focused on preserving the sites heritage while delivering a high quality new learning environment.”
Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt added: “This is a great deal for Brent and local tax-payers. As well as bringing in much needed funds to support services to local people, at a time when the council is facing huge financial pressures, it also preserves the heritage and importance of this well-known landmark and creates more school places.”
The WECT purchased the Grade II Art Deco property subject to planning and has recently been granted a full planning consent to convert it into a school; the school will open its doors in September 2015.
The building is 92,439 sq ft, and currently is made up of municipal offices, an assembly hall, registry office, library, council chamber and committee rooms. The main building is arranged in a T-shape with the front block providing accommodation over ground, first and second floors.
Colliers International represented Brent Council. The WECT was represented by Alex Stanford-Tuck of Somers Real Estate.