Warwickshire County Council launches five-year events management deal

Warwickshire County Council will appoint an events management provider for a new five-year contract.

Old Shire Hall in Warwick will host business events
Old Shire Hall in Warwick will host business events

The local authority is calling for specialist teams to help it create an events business at its Grade I and II-listed venue Old Shire Hall.

The historic site – which dates from 1753 and encompasses former court rooms, judges’ lodgings and a large hall – will be transformed into a venue for conferences, meetings, banquets, weddings and public functions.

Following a business plan created in 2010, Warwickshire County Council has now opened a tender process to appoint an events management provider.

Consultancy Mace Group has worked closely with the council on the plans, and associate Dominic Lees told C&IT "we want to have a discussion with people about what they feel would be viable and sustainable".

The business plan estimates around 350 events could take place at the Old Shire Hall site each year, while the former judges’ lodgings could be renovated to provide six bedrooms.

The council has £500,000 to invest in the project and Lees added: "The council is flexible on the contract, which could be a lease agreement or a joint venture."

Businesses have until 31 August to return a tender to Warwickshire County Council, or request to participate.

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