International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing gets green light
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The Reader Organisation, a national charitable social enterprise have signed a lease with Liverpool City Council for Calderstones Mansion House giving them residency for 125 years.
The organisation, an award-winning charitable social enterprise works across the UK to connect people with great literature and with each other. They are dedicated to making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and actively engage with literature on a deep and personal level.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool city council cabinet member for regeneration, said “This is a major step forward for the Reader Organisation’s plans for the Mansion House. It will enable them to press on with their exciting proposals to develop the building.
“We wanted the Mansion House to be taken over by an organisation that would bring it back into use in very positive manner and would protect its future. The work that the Reader Organisation are doing alongside us and the local community will ensure that happens. We are confident that by granting them this lease it will help the Reader Organisation go forward and make their proposals a reality to the enormous benefit of the city.”
The Reader Organisation are thrilled to have reached this stage and continue to develop the prospects for the Mansion House, Stables and surrounding buildings. Current future plans include the possibility of a bistro, accommodation for literary residencies, and the restoration of the much loved garden theatre. The Mansion House will continue to be open to the public whilst it undergoes future changes, not only with its shared reading groups but with rentable offices, catered events spaces and regular seasonal events.
Dr Jane Davis, Founder and Director of The Reader Organisation said: “This is a key milestone in the development of The Reader at Calderstones. We are very pleased that Liverpool City Council have confidence in our vision for the Mansion House and have backed it with a 125 year lease.