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New operator sought for Preston Guild Hall

Posted on - 5th July, 2019 - 3:40pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
The Grand Hall at the Guild Hall

This afternoon Preston City Council has announced a call out for proposals for a land deal, lease arrangement for Preston Guild Hall.

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Seeking an operator for the Guild Hall, including the Charter Theatre, Grand Hall, offices and ground floor shops, Preston City Council aims to use this competitive process to find the most economically advantageous solution for the future of the venue.

The council says it is looking for an organisation with a strong track record and reputation, who is ready and able to revitalise the Guild Hall.

Read more: Preston Guild Hall’s rebirth through to slow implosion under Simon Rigby – a timeline of events

Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown said: “I am really pleased we are already in the position to look to the future of the Guild Hall.

“This is a crucial next step and while we will follow all necessary due processes and protocol, we must keep moving forward at pace.

“Keeping the venue empty is not to anyone’s advantage and we are acutely aware that entertainment programmes and the like require a significant lead-in time.

“This is a very different proposition to the one we took to market 5 years ago, because times have changed and we have learned from experience.

“We recognise the Guild Hall’s importance to the city and believe that the council has a key role in determining its future.  We will ensure we are a key stakeholder in the process going forward.  

“I look forward to seeing formal proposals from organisations with the experience and financial capacity to take a venue of this size on and make it thrive.”

Potential operators have until July 15 to submit their proposals for running the venue.

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