Burnley Council in talks over old college
A MAJOR Burnley town centre building could be brought back into use by Charter Walk shopping centre.
Calder House, in St James’s Street, has been unused for nearly 12 months after previously being utilised by Burnley College.
It was known as the Centre for Higher Education and Professional Studies when occupied by the college, but is no longer used after they moved to the Burnley Campus, in Princess Way.
The building is connected to Charter Walk, and Burnley Council chief executive Steve Rumbelow has confirmed the authority is in talks with bosses at the centre to find a use for it.
Mr Rumbelow said: “We are working quite closely with Addington Capital (owners of Charter Walk) on a number of issues with regards to the shopping centre at the moment and this building is one of them.
“There is no specific proposal on the table yet but we are hopeful we can get some use for it.”
The lease to Burnley College is due to expire “imminently” according to Mr Rumbelow and he said a deal between the council and Addington Capital to lease it to Charter Walk was in the interests of both parties.
He said: “There are ongoing discussions but we want to see the building occupied and I’m sure Charter Walk will be keen to use it in some way.
“It is in our interests as the council and there interests as the shopping centre to see it used.”
The building is connected to the Charter Walk shopping centre and is currently set up for office-style use.
Nobody was available for comment at Charter Walk or Addington Capital yesterday.