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Grade II listed Murlain House in Chester to house Free School

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Acting on behalf of the Education Funding Agency, Cushman & Wakefield has secured planning permission and listed building consent for the change of use of the Grade II listed Murlain House in Chester, to a 210-place Free School.

Once the conversion works have been carried out in a sensitive manner, the Forest Street property will become the permanent home to the University Church Free School (UCFS). The works will be implemented in two stages, allowing for a phased transition of pupils from the school’s temporary home close by at Gateway House, Northgate Street.

This necessitated two separate applications, prepared and submitted by Cushman & Wakefield, paying particular attention to the challenges that the listed building status and city centre location presented through this process.

Andrew Teage, Associate Director, Development & Planning at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “A highly-successful school can now confidently invest in its future which will greatly benefit education in the city of Chester, as well as protecting the long-term future of one of the city’s heritage assets.”

Gareth Davies, Headmaster of UCFS, said: “A great working relationship between the Trust, the school, the EFA and Cushman & Wakefield has culminated in the creation of a state-of-the-art primary within an historic school building. It’s wonderful to see new life breathed into this building right in the heart of Chester.”
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