We are in contact with the owners, made an offer, provided further information on our proposal and offered discussions on how we can move forward.
We have also set in train a consultation on the future use of the building so that we can evidence to funders and investors the demand and what it can deliver. The fire is a big setback but we can still deliver all of our proposals in a rebuilt rear section behind the art deco frontage.
Questions need to be asked of Birmingham City Council as to why they didn't do more to protect the building and to ensure that lessons are learnt so this does not happen elsewhere.
Historic England provide plenty of advice on looking after heritage buildings and managing Vacant Historic Buildings is particularly pertinent.
We will continue to engage with the planning department and Historic England. They have seen our proposals which they support and we believe the consultation proposals are even better and can bring this building back to life and bring massive investment and jobs to Harborne.
We are engaging with our Councillors, MP and local groups to ensure they are aware of the options and can contribute their views and suggestions as the process develops.
We are now an unincorporated not for profit organisation and have developed an appropriate Articles of Association governing document for the Harborne Royalty Trust to apply for future charitable status.
Watch this space.