What does the future hold for Park House?

Park House, Horsham Park SUS-140625-092454001
Park House, Horsham Park SUS-140625-092454001

An art gallery, a hotel, even a casino - how do you think the landmark building Park House should be used in the future?

The former Horsham District Council headquarters in North Street is no longer under threat of being sold or loaned in its entirety.

The iconic Grade II listed-building on the edge of Horsham Park was listed on the market last year to the ‘dismay’ of some councillors.

However, Adam Walker of Crickmay Chartered Surveyors said the building as a whole will not be sold on a leasehold or freehold basis.

He said: “We carried out an exercise last year to explore what interest there may have been in Park House and intentionally kept all options open.

“The exercise was to review options and it was not intended to commit our client to go down any particular avenue.

“We received a number of expressions of interest from a wide variety of users which were reported to our client and in the end they decided to not pursue a disposal of the whole on either a leasehold or freehold basis.

“Subsequently we have been instructed to offer the now vacant parts for office use on short leases on a suite by suite basis and have one company in occupation and other sites are under offer.”

Previously, the County Times campaigned for a decision on the building back in 2007.

With the future of the site unclear, a number of suggestions for the building’s use have been mooted.

John Steele of the Horsham Society said: “A number of uses have been suggested including an art gallery, boutique hotel, restaurant - even a casino.

“Suggestions have also been made for some form of community use. We would not be opposed in principle to any of these if they could be fitted sympathetically into the building, whilst respecting the public garden and mixed use parking.

“However, as far as we are aware there has been no commercial interest shown to date.”

How do you think Park House should be utilised? Comment below or email us at ct.news@jpress.co.uk

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