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Current Projects


National Army Museum, London – Round Two HLF Bid Business Plan
Working as an L&R Associate, Peter White is part of the business planning team appointed to prepare the Round 2 HLF bid for the National Army Museum’s Building for the Future project.  This is a free entry museum with about 250,000 visitors a year. This is set to rise to over 300,000 when it re-opens in 2016/17. With many facets to the operation, including a trading arm that handles the retail, events and catering operations (the latter being sub-contracted) and stage outside events, this is a complex business plan to model accurately. Fortunatey, good data capture of the existing operation is helping considerably in this task.


Paradise Mill Macclesfield:

Working with Purcells and L&R Consulting we have recently been appraising the viability of a number of options being considered by the Macclesfield Heritage Trust in developing their facilities in the town. This includes the acquisition of a mill adjacent to their Silk Museum. The work has involved consideration of re-use options including repair, upgrading and conversion costs, a high level review of the market and financial appraisal. Being a potentially qualifying scheme, we have applied the HLF Heritage Enterprise appraisal format to this viability assessment.

Royal Worcester Works – Worcester for the Bransford Trust

Until ‘Royal Worcester’ failed a few years ago this site in the centre of Worcester was a destination for many thousands of people each year visiting the home of the world renowned porcelain manufacturer.  Now the site is idle and the adjoining Museum of Royal Worcester suffers from lack of footfall. But recently a local charity – the Bransford Trust – has acquired the vacant premises and is working to restore the heritage buildings and reuse the site as a centre to encourage participation in the arts – particularly music, dance, art and craft – especially porcelain and pottery. Working with L&R, we have carried out a development appraisal with a view to the trust retaining it post completion. Therefore the emphasis has been on the scheme’s financial sustainability into the long term. Following the results of this piece of work we have now been retained to provide on-going funding and related advice to the trust and University of Worcester who are acting as project managers.

Polesworth Abbey Gatehouse, North Warwickshire
This is the first phase of a major regeneration project at this ancient abbey site, where there has been a continuous Christian presence since the 9th Century. Read more about the Polesworth Abbey Gatehouse project

St Stephen’s Church, Redditch town centre
Fresh Life Consulting was appointed in 2008 to carry out a feasibility study looking at re-use options for this town centre church. Read more about St Stephen’s Church project

 Successfully Completed Projects

Hartlebury Castle Worcestershire: Round One HLF Bid
Hartlebury Castle is the former home of the Bishops of Worcester. The Worcester Diocese is very old and used to cover a much larger area than it does today. The estate has been in the ownership of the Church since 850 with the main buildings seen today dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Hurd Library established by Bishop Hurd in 1783 is one of the property’s many important heritage assets containing several rare books. 


Peter White and Peter Middleton worked with the trustees and volunteers on the successful £6m Round One HLF bid and developed the option appraisal and outline business plan that supported the application. The proposal is for the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust to acquire the Castle and Estate from the Church Commissioners and then develop the heritage assets and grounds for the benefit of the community, working in partnership with Museums Worcestershire – the County Museum Service which already has a large museum in part of the main house and in adjoining buildings.

The Piece Hall Halifax 2010-2012
The Piece Hall Halifax, a medieval cloth hall where pieces of cloth were traded, is grade I listed and considered to be one of the finest examples of its type in the world.


Working with L&R Consulting and Turner and Townsend, Peter White has recently completed working on a major transformational project for Halifax's Piece Hall Quarter. Peter's role was concerned chiefly with the business planning and governance components. This Circa £18m regeneration and heritage scheme involved the promotion of a mixed use creative and digital business centre which will include workspace, cafes restaurants, shops and an heritage interpretation and learning facility. The Piece Hall is grade I listed and considered to be one of the finest examples of its type in the world.


The funding package was large and complex and included a major Round two HLF bid of over £7m which Peter was actively involved in negotiating as part of the L&R team. The team was delighted to hear in June this year that our bid had been successful and that the funding was in place for the work to go ahead. We have now been re-engaged by Calderdale Council to provide on-going business planning input in the delivery period.
The Goldsmiths Centre, Clerkenwell
Since 2005, Peter White has worked closely with the Goldsmiths’ Company Director of Technology and Training, providing project feasibility, market research into managed workspace conference/ meetings demand and catering provision, financial appraisal including capital and 5 year profit and loss forecasting advice. Read more about the Goldsmiths Centre project
The Crossing at St Paul's
This £2.3m project took 7 years to realise, working from a low level of expectation locally and a divided political situation. However, having convinced the heritage sector that the conversion of this Grade II* listed church as feasible and appropriate, Peter White wrote the business plan and prepared funding bids which eventually attracted the necessary capital from a variety of sources to enable the project to be self financing from the start. Read more about the Crossing at St Paul's project

Belgrave House, Leicester
This is a Grade II* listed building that forms part of a larger complex of important buildings in an historic landscape setting. Read more about the Belgrave House project

Langdales Building, Hatton Garden London
LB Camden is actively promoting interventions designed to support and encourage the growth of a high quality jewellery sector in the Borough and neighbouring areas, working with the London Development Agency. Read more about the Langdales Building project

Belper Market Place
The Market Place is at the historic heart of this market town which lies within the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. The area lacks investment and requires appropriate physical intervention to stimulate a programme of sustainable regeneration. Read more about the Belper Market Place project


King’s Cross Construction Skills Training Centre
Late in 2008, The London Borough of Camden commissioned Fresh Life Consulting to specify, source equipment and furniture and project manage the fit out of their new state of the art training centre in King’s Cross which they have developed with Argent and are delivering in partnership with Carillion Training. Read more about the King’s Cross Construction Skills Training Centre project


New Arley Community Centre
In 2008 we were appointed to write the business plan for a new community centre proposed for New Arley, a somewhat isolated mining community in North Warwickshire. Read more about the New Arley Community Centre Project

The Argent Centre, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
This scheme was initiated at the height of the early 80’s recession. The market was so depressed that although it took 18 months to acquire the building, no other bid was received by the vendors in that time and the 43,000 sq ft building was eventually purchased for £90,000. Parts had not been properly occupied for many years and at that time, it was considered highly doubtful that a market existed for the upper floor accommodation. Read more about The Argent Centre project
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Burslem School of Art, Stoke on Trent
Peter White was asked in the late 90’s to develop a concept, redevelopment strategy and business plan for this former prestigious school of art where famous designers such as Clarice Cliff had studied. Read more about the Burslem School of Art project