History

The 19th century building was originally constructed as the original St Maxentius School to serve the Church and the local community. The school subsequently left the building for its current site in New Heys Way in 1966, where it resides to this day.

Following a brief period of being unoccupied, the building was purchased by Whitbread plc and let to “Dave’s Aquarium”. In 1987 Whitbread plc decided to occupy the building themselves and convert to a popular “Beefeater” restaurant and bar.

For over a decade now this iconic building has sadly fallen into disrepair and become a landscape eyesore. The building has been subjected to constant anti-social behaviour, set on fire several times and been constantly targeted by fly tippers.

In March 2017, Panda Capital Partners Limited purchased the Old School House building and peripheral land. Planning was applied for and eventually, over a two-year period of negotiating with Bolton Council and Heritage England, the proposed scheme was granted permission, subject to strict pre commencement conditions.

The proposed conversion of the Old School House is sympathetic to the heritage asset in that externally, little of the existing building envelope will be changed. Minimal interventions such as lengthening windows, adding balconies and roof lights will conserve and enhance its character.
The design of the new build compliments The Old School House and offers a distinctive, yet subtle scheme, which clearly works in linking together the architecture of both new build and an iconic existing building.

We have conditionally agreed with Bolton MBC to ensure we conserve as much site life as possible. All healthy trees are protected and will be maintained. Where some trees have disease, they will carefully removed and at lease two for one will be re planted.

The development is expected to complete in July 2021, where apartments will be offered to the market on a rental basis. To register your early interest, please visit our home page and complete the “Register Interest” form.