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Bromsgrove landmark Barnsley Court to be redeveloped following purchase

12 September 2022
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Landmark building Barnsley Court in Bromsgrove has been purchased by developer BN Developments, backed by Statford-upon-Avon based commercial property lender Ambur Capital.

The value of the developed site is expected to be in excess of £1.75 million.

It follows the purchase of neighbouring Barnsley Hall earlier in the year.

Barnsley Hall and Court are the last vestiges of the former Barnsley Hall Hospital, opened in 1907 and used as a mental health institution until 1996, since when it has been vacant.

The majority of the former hospital was sold off for a housing development, and these buildings are some of the last remaining signs that the land had a former use.

Dan Nash of BN Developments said: “We saw the opportunity to retain the attractive façade of the existing buildings, but turn them to a new use for the 21st Century by converting them into high-quality residential apartments.

"We are really pleased to have had Ambur Capital’s help with this property purchase and loan. We expect demand to be high when the apartments are finished”.

Ambur Capital director Andrew Burton said: “I’ve been in involved in property investment for a while now, but Ambur Capital is the next phase in that journey.

"I’m extremely pleased to get Ambur Capital’s first deal done. It’s been a real pleasure to work with Dan, and facilitate the purchase of this local landmark.

"The borrower has exciting plans for the residential redevelopment of Barnsley Court and neighbouring Barnsley Hall; it is great to be able to support the rejuvenation of the former NHS site”.

Ambur Capital took legal advice from John McLean and Steven Mather, both consultants with new model law firm Nexa Law.

John is an experienced Commercial Property Solicitor based in Kinver, near the site in Bromsgrove.

Steven is a Business Lawyer from Nexa’s experienced national team of experts, and has worked with John on lots of deals over the past year.

“It’s been great working with Andrew and Steven on this deal,” said John.

“I love helping to facilitate commercial property development like this, and it’s good to work with a smaller lender who can be more flexible and commercial than a traditional financial institution.

BN Developments were advised by Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Worcester.


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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