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December 2010

The Piece Hall, Halifax


Working with L&R Consulting as an associate, Peter White has been appointed to provide the Business Planning Role to Calderdale Council for the Piece Hall in Halifax. The council has recently secured HLF funding for a stage 2 bid to transform the building into a vibrant creative hub.


The capital scheme is estimated at £16m. Clearly we are delighted to have been selected following a competitive tendering exercise and are excited at the prospect of helping determine the future of this prestigious Grade I listed building, which is seen to be a major driver for the success of the town centre and of the cultural quarter in particular.



The Stable Block, Long Eaton Town Hall, Nottinghamshire

Working with Rodney Melville and Partners the leading conservation architects, FLC has been appointed to carry out an options appraisal for this group of listed buildings to the rear of the town hall. The study's purpose is to determine the best course of action to secure the Stable Block's future whilst making a positive contribution to the economic and social life of the area.

September 2010

Green Lane Masjid, Small Heath, Development Study

Green Lane Masjid (another term for a mosque) is a rapidly growing community in Small Heath and one of the larger ones of its kind in Birmingham.


Currently occupying the former Small Heath Baths complex in Green Lane, it is rapidly growing out of its premises and requires additional space for facilities that cannot be easily accommodated in the existing building.


FLC has been appointed to carry out a detailed study of the development options available to the Masjid and to assessing the deliverability of each.







Jewellery Quarter Development
Peter White is working with an embryonic Community Development Trust in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter to develop a strategy to secure the initial funding required to establish the organisation and then create a sustainable business model that will ensure the trust's on-going development.

Circular L-R from top.

Argent Centre Detail; .W. Evans Building; Museum of the JQ; Jewellery School

March 2010

Birmingham Conservation Trust and Rodney Melville + Partners 

The Archway of Tears, Birmingham 

Fresh Life Consulting has been appointed by Birmingham Conservation Trust to work with the team led by Rodney Melville and Partners to carry out a feasibility study of this Victorian Gateway building, with the objective of finding a viable future for of all that remains of this major Birmingham Workhouse. It now forms part of the Dudley Road Hospital site which in 2016 will be largely vacated by the NHS and be sold for redevelopment. Securing an appropriate, economic re-use for the building is therefore that more urgent if the building is to restored and the area’s important memories and social history preserved for future generations.

FLC is providing re-use potential, economic and development appraisal advice to the team.

Birmingham Conservation Trust is a charity created ‘to preserve and enhance Birmingham’s threatened architectural heritage. Their projects secure the long-term future of buildings at risk, especially those ignored by developers, larger charities and public bodies. They combine sensitive repairs with imaginative new uses for the buildings. Working in partnership with others, the Trust creates attractive places to live, work and play. To read more about BCT follow this link:

November 2009

L&R Consulting, the well known leisure, heritage and cultural consultants,  have been appointed to advise Birmingham Wheels on possible options for the further development of their operations in Landor Street, Birmingham. They have asked Peter White to join their team to cover the physical and redevelopment issues that impact on the 39 acre site.

September 2009

FLC have been appointed to front and help organise the Jewellery Quarter Summit Meeting in November ’09.  This major event involving key players from within the industry, local authority, English Heritage and wider community is to be designed to focus on action and delivery.

June 2009

Turner and Townsend
has commissioned FLC to assist them in preparing an option appraisal and development strategy for a redundant listed Church in Toxteth, Liverpool which ‘Livserve’, the social enterprise of a local Anglican parish wishes to re-open for church and community use.

May 2009

Greets Green Partnership has appointed Peter White to advise on the proposed acquisition of a 1930’s industrial building within their area, intended for conversion to managed workspace. In particular he will be considering alternative ‘visions’ for re-use; carrying out a detailed option appraisal to test alternative proposals and then taking the preferred solution through to business plan stage.


FLC has been commissioned to assist L&R Consulting who are advising the Kidderminster Carpet Museum in their Stage 2 HLF Bid.


More specifically the task is to consider the options for delivery of the workspace to be included in the scheme and to maximising the return on this space, improving as part of this the lettability of the space.

April 2009

ABCD NDC Wolverhampton

Peter White has been instructed to carry out a project appraisal for an interesting void property acquisition and reuse project proposed for their area.


This is the latest commission from ABCD; FLC has carried out a number of project appraisals for this NDC over the past two years.