Birmingham advisers help secure future of historic hall

Birmingham property advisers have helped secure the future of an historic Grade II Listed hall in Leicestershire.

Drivers Jonas Deloitte advised Leicester Grammar School Trust on the sale of Evington Hall, in Leicester, for an undisclosed sum.

The 15,219 sq ft building, which is set within five acres, is the former home of Leicester Grammar Junior School. It has been bought by the I-Foundation, a charity set up to support and promote Hindu faith-based education.

Evington Hall will become Leicester’s first Hindu state school and will be one of the country’s first free schools under the coalition government’s Free Schools programme. At full capacity, the new school, which will be called Krishna-Avanti Primary School, is projected to provide 420 places by 2018 for children of all faiths aged 4 -11 years old.

The building will undergo a major refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art facilities, including the latest IT and sports equipment, as well as a new vegetarian kitchen. Work on site is expected to be completed in time for the new school year in September.

Kola Oliyide, senior surveyor in the real estate development team at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, advised the LGS Trust on the sale of the building. He said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the future of Evington Hall, both as an important Grade II listed building and as a place of learning for local children.

“The original plan was to turn the hall into apartments but after the property market crashed interest from housing developers dropped off so we had to look elsewhere for potential purchasers.

“As a free school, the I-Foundation will continue the established use of education on the site, making best use of the property in an attractive surrounding that, unfortunately, the LGS Junior School had outgrown.”

Evington Hall is the fourth and final LGS property to be sold by the Trust. The three other buildings include the St Nicholas and St Katharine buildings and 8 Peacock Lane Leicester city centre.

Chris King, headmaster and chief executive of LGS Trust, said: “Leicester Grammar School Trust is delighted that the sale to the I-Foundation will allow its former junior school site to continue in educational use. We wish the new school every success and are grateful to Drivers Jonas Deloitte for all their hard work in securing this sale in such a difficult economic climate.”

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