The developers behind the proposed regeneration of Pendower Hall are planning to invest more than £150,000 to provide much-needed additional car parking for neighbouring Hadrian School.
As part of its proposals, Pendower Hall Ltd, which is operated by joint managing directors of Newcastle-based Tier One Capital, Stephen Black and Ian McElroy, will develop a 35-space car park for the school providing enough spaces for staff and visitors.
The current car park does not have the capacity required for the school’s 135 staff and regular visiting support professionals including nurses, therapists and medical staff.
The deal for the car park development includes an arrangement that will see Pendower Hall Ltd pay Hadrian School a licence fee to use the facility during non-school hours providing extra parking for guests attending events at the Grade 2 listed property.
The developers are proposing to transform the 19thCentury hall into a prominent business hub and conference and events centre.
Hadrian School, which provides high quality education for children with special educational needs, has also reached a second agreement with Pendower Hall Ltd to lease an area of the property to the developers. This will help create a daytime car park for the Hall at the rear of the school, which will be located adjacent to the school’s planned Rebound Therapy Training Centre.
The Training Centre will deliver specialist education training courses and additional Rebound Therapy for the region and will be an extension to the school’s existing sports facility.
Training programmes and therapy will often be delivered on weekends and evenings requiring parking facilities that are close to the building rather than the school’s main car park on the other side of the site.
Chris Rollings, Head Teacher at Hadrian School, said: “Our existing car parking is completely inadequate for the current size of the school and the number of staff and visiting healthcare professionals we have and for visitors to our regional HEADS Training Centre.
“The school has the space for the development, but not the financial resources to deliver it so the agreed investment from Stephen and Ian at Pendower Hall Ltd is a very welcome solution. It will provide the much-needed capacity we need for the future and also be an important part of the development of our new Rebound Therapy Training Centre which is due to open in September.”
Stephen Black, Joint Managing Director of Tier One Capital, the operators of Pendower Hall Ltd, said: “The regeneration of Pendower Hall is designed to boost the economy and opportunities of the surrounding area and this includes our commitment to supporting our neighbouring community.
“Hadrian School delivers extremely important education services for Newcastle families and we are delighted to be able to support the continued growth of the school with this investment. The investment is predicated on a successful planning application which we are hopeful, working closely with the planning team, of achieving soon”.