West London’s Royal Parks organisation has enlisted Knight Frank to garner interest in its listed sites located in some of the capital's most famous parks.
Potential uses for the Grade II listed ‘Magazine’ in Kensington Gardens and the ‘Nursery’ in Hyde Park include a training or education centre, cultural facility such as an art gallery, studio, museum or exhibition space, leisure and fitness use, a cookery school or specialist retail site.
The areas form part of The Royal Parks’ Better Buildings Programme, which aims to generate revenue to enhance the facilities of the parks via improvements in the built environment.
All proposals have to be in keeping with the character and landscape of the park setting.
Knight Frank is taking submissions of interest until 28 November this year.
James Leaver, partner, strategic consultancy and public sector, Knight Frank, said: 'The Magazine and the Nursery represent two very exceptional opportunities in a high quality park environment. They also fall within the immediate catchment of the very best residential areas of West London.
'The potential is very exciting and, coupled with the commitment of The Royal Parks to look seriously at all proposals – no matter how quirky - we are looking forward to seeing what the market comes up with.'
Mark Camley, chief executive of The Royal Parks said: 'Making better use of our buildings is an excellent way to ensure value for money to the taxpayer by generating income to invest back into the Parks for everyone to enjoy.
'We are seeking proposals that demonstrate a high standard of architectural, landscape and environmental design and complement the park setting and values.'