Burnby Hall Options Appraisal
Jura Consultants was commissioned by Stewart’s Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum Trust to conduct an options appraisal to consider the future use of Burnby Hall, Pocklington. Leading a multi-disciplinary team including interpretative planners, cost consultants and architects, the team were tasked with identifying a viable and sustainable use for the Hall to support a community asset transfer from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to the Trust. A primary aim of the study was to assess the viability of housing a number of internationally important archaeological finds discovered within the local vicinity whilst retaining a community use for the Hall. The Hall sits beside an existing visitor attraction, Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, rendering it imperative that any proposals for future use would not impede on the success of the existing attraction. The team took this into consideration throughout the process, carrying out market and financial appraisals, community consultation, stakeholder consultation, a comparator review, architectural design and an options assessment. Alternative uses were considered which would support a museum or heritage centre or offer a viable alternative.
Four options were considered as part of a short list assessing different scales of heritage centre/museum moving from a modest heritage exhibition developed within the existing footprint through to a destination experience with a substantial exhibition-standard new-build. A no museum option was also considered allowing the team to explore the merits of an alternative way forward and enable robust decision making by the Trust. The study concluded that a moderate museum option could be sustainable and deliverable and offers a desirable proposition. A number of key risks and opportunities associated with the preferred option were presented to the client for their consideration in taking the proposals further.