Broxtowe Borough Council has been notified that Historic England will not add Beeston Town Hall to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest.
The reasons for their decision are:
- The design of the building is of modest compositional quality, its exterior form largely reliant upon well-established neo-Georgian detailing, with only minimal referencing of contemporary architectural influences
- With the exception of the principal staircase and the original council chamber, the building’s interior lacks the high-quality detailing and levels of internal decoration and embellishment expressive of civic pride and achievement, which distinguish the best examples of the building type.
The full report can be viewed online at http://services.historicengland.org.uk/webfiles/GetFiles.aspx?av=919FFF59-891E-47A6-B70C-BC88295B61CA&cn=D05F5FA4-97DB-4A5B-BC9B-DF69418D9E07
Leader of the council, councillor Richard Jackson, said: “We understand that this decision will be a disappointment to some of our residents, but we are still keen to hear proposals from interested parties about what they envisage for the future of the building.”
“In our recent consultation, there were a number of very imaginative proposals for alternative community uses to keep the building, whilst still allowing us to work more efficiently and I would urge the local community to come forward with their proposals when the council has published the criteria under which they will be assessed.
“In particular, any plans we receive will be considered in detail to ensure they are financially viable and sustainable.”
A final decision on the future of the building is expected at a Full Council meeting later in the year.