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EOI sought to lease Sheerness Heritage Centre, Kent

Sheerness Heritage Centre – Rose Street, Sheerness, ME12 1AJ

Expressions of Interest to lease the Grade 2 listed building and manage the Heritage Centre to promote the Island’s culture and heritage 

Swale Borough Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to take over the management of the building under a new lease of up to 25 years (outlined in red on the map) to promote the Island’s culture and heritage and add to the tourism offer.

The Heritage Centre and building is currently displayed as an example of a former dockyard worker’s home. The building with shop frontage had previously been used to display artefacts and information on the history of the dockyard and other local heritage, with many artefacts remaining on site for display.  It is intended that the building will be transferred complete with the current contents. Any disposal and/or return to the owners of artefacts, fixtures and fittings must be carried out in consultation with the Council.

The building has a small budget associated with it that, subject to the details of any final agreement, may provide an opportunity for a short term funding agreement.  It is proposed that the Council will continue to be responsible for the structure of the building and for buildings insurance with the VCS organisation taking responsibility for the interior of the building, the running costs and the day to day management of the Heritage Centre.

EOIs should be submitted via e-mail to psprocurement@swale.gov.uk with the subject heading “Lease of Sheerness Heritage Centre, Rose Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1AJ” by 12pm on 1st August 2014.

Following the receipt of EOIs, applicants will be requested to submit further information in accordance with the Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy.  This will include a sustainable business case, proposals for a reinterpretation or other changes to the heritage offer and evidence of appropriate skills and experience to run the asset.