Fashion Museum Freehold for sale?

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Tuesday 4 April 2006 7.02pm
Someone mentioned to me that they saw the freehold of the old Arpino Gibbs building, now the Fashion Museum residential development, offered for sale in the Estates Gazette.

Is there any truth in this?

Niall
Monday 24 April 2006 8.53pm
Follow up in Design Week, 20th April, News, page 3

"Fashion Museum is under threat.
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes' Fashion and Textile Museum in London is thought to be up for sale, after remaining closed to the public since February.

Industry sources and local estate agents say they believe the building is on the market, although a spokesman for the museum declined to comment, saying only that the building 'has not currently been sold'." End of quote.

Although the museum element of the building may be up for sale, it only comprises a small part of the whole building, the rest being mainly a residential development. The sale of the museum element might open the way for another Bermondsey St eatery.

Regards

Niall
Tuesday 7 November 2006 11.54am
And now it's been sold to Newham College:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/2432

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Tuesday 7 November 2006 12.25pm
What brilliant news.

There had been talk of Acorn tabling an offer for it to be turned into yet more commercial/residential space.

This is the type of venture that brings more of the right people into the area.
Tuesday 7 November 2006 2.00pm
Absolutely right, good news.
Thursday 9 November 2006 1.14pm
It would be interesting to know exactly what Newham College has 'bought'. The 'museum' was only ever a small component of the building and this 'purchase' is probably nothing more than Newham College taking some floorspace off Zandra's hands. Maybe they'll actually do something credible with it. Will they find any space for Zandra's collection of old frocks?

Regards to all.

Niall
Thursday 9 November 2006 2.57pm
Niall Connolly wrote:
It would be interesting to know exactly what Newham College has 'bought'. The 'museum' was only ever a small component of the building and this 'purchase' is probably nothing more than Newham College taking some floorspace off Zandra's hands.

That is, as said above, the freehold on the entire building, residential units included. Isnt it?

Even if the museum was not utilizing the entire building, its owners seem to have the freehold on the entire thing.
Thursday 9 November 2006 8.29pm
The right sort of people for what erniebug?
Friday 10 November 2006 1.09pm
creative, young, energetic...

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