Positive future for former Hyde Historic Resources site and creative industry in Winchester
The future of the former Hyde Historic Resource Centre in Winchester looks very bright as international architecture practice ADAM Architecture has agreed a 15 year lease of the buildings.
The City Council who owns the buildings will undertake a refurbishment and extension of the offices to develop them into a headquarters for the firm. The project will secure the long term future of these historic buildings and help cement the City’s reputation as a centre of excellence for Architecture and Conservation.
Cllr Kelsie Learney, Leader of Winchester City Council commented, “I am extremely pleased that the Council has been able to work with a local business to secure a long term future for such important listed buildings, and support the expansion of creative industry in Winchester. The investment by the Council sends a strong message that Winchester is open for business in this tough economic climate and will encourage development that will benefit the local economy.”
Paul Hanvey, a Director at ADAM Architecture, was pleased that the signing of the legal agreement ended a two year search for suitable new premises for the practice. “When complete in 2012 the building will be home to around 80 architects and administrative staff who are involved in developing high quality projects throughout the UK, Europe and around the world. ADAM Architecture have been in practice in Winchester since 1955 and are leaders in traditional architecture and urbanism. The new HQ will help to promote their identity both in the City and with their client base.”
Work on the site will start in the next month with a view to ADAM Architecture taking over their new Headquarters in 2012. ADAM Architecture have been appointed as the Architects for the project and will work alongside project managers Gentle Consulting, to manage the refurbishment of the Grade 2 and 2* buildings.