Leisure business signs deal on Elizabethan mansion conversion

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A GRADE I Elizabethan mansion previously used for educating children with autism is to be converted into a residential leisure business.

Condover Hall, in Shrewsbury, was placed on the market 15 months ago by its owners Priory Education Services due to mounting maintenance costs for around £6m and has lain dormant ever since.

JCA, a subsidiary of holiday company TUI Travel, has this week exchanged contracts on the purchase after submitting planning applications for conversion work with Shropshire Council in the summer.

The firm says it will be offering residential adventure courses for young people from April 2011 at the four-storey building which is around four miles outside Shrewsbury town centre in the village of Condover.

JCA says it has approval from Shropshire Council to convert the courtyard building to a refectory, change the use of some of the buildings to sleeping accommodation, conduct external works and demolish a walkway.

Managing director Janie Burt said: “JCA is delighted to have purchased this incredible historic building and we are looking forward to opening its doors to local students.

“Unlocking Condover Hall’s huge investment potential, we plan to capitalise on its unique historic features, sympathetically restoring it to its former glory, whilst furnishing it with a high-ropes course and the latest sports facilities.”

Other facilities at Condover Hall include a cinema room, swimming pool, sports hall, IT suite and conference meeting rooms.

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