Improving Communities

Securing the future of a community-centred building

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is a much-loved and much-used venue in North Birmingham. Birmingham City Council owned the community-centred building, but its future had been in question for many years. Following a meeting discussing the building, we were approached by Richard Mason, who was working with a community group who wanted to set up a charity to run the Hall, securing the future of the building.

We worked with the group to understand their aims and the best way to achieve them; which was through a new charity. We incorporated the charity and then acted as a broker between the Town Hall, Birmingham City Council and the charity to talk about what the new ownership could look like, alongside its purpose and objectives. We were then able to advise on the direction they should go, explaining the legal requirements of each option and any risks for consideration.

The future's bright

Anthony Collins Solicitors advised all parties throughout the process and our sector expertise meant we could draw on the experience of colleagues in different areas of the business: charity incorporation and governance, property rights, transfer of ownership and the building’s lease.

The charity was successfully running the Town Hall for two-and-a-half years and took official control earlier in 2019.

Now that the charity owns and runs the Town Hall, they can set about bringing the building into the 21st century to make it a versatile venue at the heart of the community. They have already seen record usage and ticket sales, and are taking bookings right through to 2022, and this is just the beginning.

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