Freehold disposal of 2–4 Darwin Close – bidding open until 2 April 2021

The council property 2–4 Darwin Close, Reading, RG2 0RB is now on the market

The formal bidding process through the open market and the third sector process has now commenced and local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12 noon on Friday 2 April 2021. The property, which comprises office and warehouse space, is being advertised by Haslams. Click here to view the marketing particulars on their website.

Viewings

Viewings of the property are being arranged by Haslams, by appointment only. They will take place on Thursday 25 February 2021 and Thursday 4 March 2021 from 11am to 1pm. Viewings will be in 15 minute slots. Please contact Tanya Le Sueur on 0118 921 1515 or tanyalesueur@haslams.co.uk to book. Please see the Haslams website for further details.

Third sector application process
  • Applications and accompanying documents should be sent to by email only to the council’s Voluntary Sector Support Team. The email for submissions is Alistair.Dowlman@reading.gov.uk.
  • Officers will assess bids on the basis of the value provided to Reading Borough Council of releasing the property in accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy Statement to a local voluntary organisation, based on the contribution to the council’s priorities as set out in the Corporate Plan.
  • An application form and scoring system for bids are available from the contact listed below.
  • All bids received from the voluntary sector will be reported to Policy Committee.
  • The freehold of the property is being advertised on the open market by Haslams Surveryors LLP, County House, 17 Friar Street,Reading, RG1 1DB – read more on their website here.
Interested organisations should submit a bidding application form based on the following:

Proposal for use of the property: please provide an outline of your proposed use of the property and how this will benefit local council taxpayers, addressing the priorities of the Corporate Plan:

  • Safeguarding and protecting those that are most vulnerable.
  • Providing the best life through education, early help and healthy living.
  • Providing homes for those in most need.
  • Keeping the town clean, safe, green and active.
  • Providing infrastructure to support the economy.
  • Remaining financially sustainable to deliver these service priorities.

Basis of your offer: please state whether the offer is subject to any terms and conditions such as building survey, planning permission, third party funding etc.

Building summary: please set out a summary of the building in terms of current condition, potential opportunities and suitability for your proposed use. Please set out in sufficient detail a programme of any maintenance or improvement works you would wish to carry out at the property together with a cost summary and any related dependencies such as Listed status, Building Regulations, Planning Permission etc.

Supporting information: please complete the application form with the following information to support your bid:

  • Details of your bid offer.
  • Details of your organisational structure including legal status, constitution, terms of reference etc.
  • Audited accounts for the last 2 financial years.
  • Evidence of your experience in managing a property, including managing a Listed property.
  • Evidence of access to an experienced property manager on an ongoing basis.
  • A description of your current activity in Reading and how it has benefited local communities or added value to local services.
  • Business Plan and budget to support your proposal specifically addressing matters relating to the proposed use and the building condition.
Legal costs

The purchaser to pay the council’s reasonable legal costs including any abortive costs should a transaction not complete.

Further information
  • For information and advice on the third sector bidding process contact Reading Voluntary Action’s Advice Service Manager, Herjeet Randhawa by emailing herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.