Jura Consultants were commissioned by Bruntsfield St Oswald’s, a new community-based organisation comprising members of Bruntsfield Primary School Parent Council and the Eric Liddell Centre, to undertake a viability assessment and prepare a five-year business case for the use and ownership St Oswald’s Hall. This aim of this was to support an asset transfer application, bringing the disused, Category B listed church into the ownership of the community and provide a benefit for the residents of Bruntsfield. The project sought to balance the needs for sensitive restoration of the Hall whilst ensuring future operational sustainability and effective community use, addressing in particular the needs of children, young people and families in the area. A range of options spanning ‘core uses’ – those with a focus on community involvement - and more commercial ‘supporting uses’ were consulted on as part of a long-list assessment. Working alongside a design team led by WT Architecture, and using results from desk-based market assessment, community consultation and the scoping of a number of architectural intervention options and capital costings, a short list of options were identified. These were assessed on their deliverability, sustainability and desirability to identify a preferred option as the optimum use for the site which both satisfied the client brief and presented a financially sustainable case for the following 5 years of operation including a funding strategy and risk analysis, necessary capital works to the building and a proposed management structure.


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.



The National Archives, Kew

The National Archives at Kew wished to scope options for a Shakespeare on record project, to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 2016.  The project seeks to highlight the archives’ collection of 35 of the 79 known ‘Shakespeare Documents’ which date from the playwright’s life time and illustrate in particular his rise in fortune in Elizabethan and Jacobean London. The project presents a new direction for the archives in developing audiences, strengthen partnership working, and increasing its profile.  In appraising options, the archives were therefore interested in understanding potential audience interest as well as capacity requirements for the organisation and opportunities for partnerships.  Jura Consultants were commissioned to undertake the appraisal.  The study included in-depth face-to-face and online research of audiences, including visitors and non-visitors to The National Archvies, as well as visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace as a key Shakespeare destination managed by Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust.  The Trust was identified by the archives as a key potential project partner.  In total, 1,562 responses were gathered and analysed.  Key potential partners were also contacted and project sites audited.  This research was used to devise options that would best meet the archive’s objectives for the project, while making best use of its resources and capacity and delivering an attractive offer for existing and new audiences within the envelop of partnerships and programmes planned by other relevant organisations.  



St Margaret’s Project Group and Scottish Redundant Churches Trust

St Margaret’s is a Category A Gothic Revival Church designed by the prominent Scottish architect Sir John Ninian Comper and is considered one of Scotland’s finest churches. Standing on a prominent, raised site overlooking the village of Braemar, St Margaret’s is an architectural highpoint and landmark within the village. St Margaret’s was last used for regular worship in 1997 and since 2003 has been on the Buildings at Risk Register. Jura Consultants was engaged by Scottish Redundant Churches Trust as owners of the building and the St Margaret’s Project Group to conduct an Options Appraisal study considering the redevelopment and reuse of St Margaret’s as a heritage and arts attraction capable of driving new audiences to Braemar. This was delivered over the course of two options appraisals testing the feasibility of two arts/ heritage concepts. Options Appraisal assessment criteria included deliverability, sustainability and desirability. It was imperative that the building design scheme responded to the optimum performance programme capable of supporting sustainable operation over the long term. By adopting a collaborative approach working with the project architects Simpson & Brown, our methodology ensured that both design and business case elements of the Options Appraisal process informed and supported each other together identifying the optimum way forward for St Margaret’s. The preferred option which emerged from the Options Appraisal was then subject to sensitivity testing before an action plan was produced setting out the way forward for the project over the short, medium and longer term.



KOSB Association

Recruited ‘by Beat of the Drum’ along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in 1689, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) were resident in Berwick Barracks for 130 years out of its 300 year history.  Established in 1949, the KOSB Regimental Museum is also situated in the Barracks, a property now in the care of English Heritage. After amalgamation with the Royal Scots Borderers in 2006, the KOSB became an antecedent regiment and with this has seen a reduction in Ministry of Defence funding. Akin to the experience across other antecedent regimental museums, this has highlighted a renewed need for the KOSB Association to establish a viable and sustainable business model

 In response to this need, the Association commisioned Jura Consultants to conduct an Options Appraisal to examine the future home of the KOSB Regimental Museum. The remit of the study was to consider options for the Museum which included continued location at the Barracks, location elsewhere in Berwick and location elsewhere in Scotland with reference to the three key considerations of desirability; deliverability and sustainability. The process was informed by an extensive market appraisal and consultation with key stakeholders including the other co-habitees of the Barracks, English Heritage, local authority representatives and other interested parties. In response to this initial study the Association commissioned a further Options Appraisal considering more closely the prospect of relocating to the Scottish Borders. This study considered a number of specific locations again assessing the desirability, deliverability and sustainability of each. Both reports have equipped the Association with the information required to make a decision surrounding the future of the Regimental Museum.



General Cemetery Company

Kensal Green Cemetery is the oldest of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, established in 1832.  At the centre of the cemetery lies the Anglican Chapel, a Grade I listed building erected in 1835/6.  The chapel is currently on the Heritage at Risk Register and not in use. The General Cemetery Company therefore commissioned an options appraisal that sought to bring the chapel back into use and explore different options that would make running of the chapel sustainable, by potentially extending use beyond funerals.  Jura Consultants lead a team of architects and cost consultants in assessing the significance of the chapel and its development potential, while considering the constraints presented by the surrounding working cemetery, the chapel’s location at its centre, which makes access difficult after hours, and a recent development at the cemetery’s other chapel, the Dissenters Chapel.  We appraised five options and provided drawings and outline business cases for three of these, which represented an achievable and progressive model for the General Cemetery Company to expand use of the chapel over time as demand is established.