To Let

Self-contained School Room and Garden

Available for rent by third sector organisations

43m² equipped Learning Space, 19 m² Entrance Hall & Courtyard Garden

Adjacent to The Silk Museum, Park Lane, SK11 6TJ


Can you bring this space to life?  The Silk Heritage Trust has a lovely heritage asset in Macclesfield that is suitable for rent by third sector organisations: community interest companies, social enterprises or community groups.


Description:- The School Room and Garden are part of the Silk Museum, one of Macclesfield’s key Heritage Assets.  It is listed Grade II as part of the former College of Further Education.  The self-contained School Room is currently the location for a range of formal and informal learning and skills development opportunities, including arts and crafts classes.  It has its own toilets and Entrance Hall, and its own access from Park Lane. The Garden is well-maintained, with hard landscaping, seating areas and planting.  The Learning Space, toilets and Entrance hall occupy 65 metres sq.


The Trustees of the Silk Heritage Trust are inviting interested parties to come forward with innovative proposals to bring to life this unique School Room and Garden.  The Silk Museum is a key part of the cultural heritage of Macclesfield and is the focus for engaging new audiences with creativity and learning.  We would be keen to work in partnership with the new occupiers to develop engagement and increase our audience reach as well as to contribute income and business development opportunities.


Do you have a business idea or use that you feel could thrive within these spaces, that can maximise the creative opportunities and social impact of the School Room and the Garden?  It could be as a centre for creative learning, or a more mixed use - for training, even a pop-up café that creates opportunities for people to develop employment skills


Terms: - The property is available by way of a new effective full repairing and insuring lease for a term of 3 years to be negotiable, with opportunities for renewal and extension of lease



  • Viewing times for the School Room and Garden, by appointments made between 10.30-4pm on 2nd, 3rd, 4th October 2018
  • Expressions of Interest submission including outline business model and any potential capital investment contribution by 5pm 22nd November 2018
  • The Trustees will invite a shortlist of submissions to submit formal proposals, financial plans including rental offer – by 5pm on 6th December 2018
  • The Trustees plan to make a decision in early January 2019, so that contractual arrangements and new use of space are implemented by 1st April 2019 at the latest


For further information and to book viewing appointments please contact:

Emma Anderson, Interim Director, Macclesfield Museums, 01625 613210/0750 481 3966


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