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Council leaders delighted with new owner of Dana prison in Shrewsbury

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Leaders of Shropshire Council today expressed their delight and support for the new owners of the Dana prison building in Shrewsbury.

The announcement was made following the news of its sale to The Osborne Group today.

The council has made a firm commitment to ensure the development of the Dana prison reflects the vision for Shrewsbury.

The Osborne Group is renowned for undertaking a large number of high-quality development projects, many of which involve both historic buildings and council partnerships, with an emphasis on mixed use environments.  Projects include the regeneration of Oxford Castle, development of the country’s only Thermal Spa Hotel, and the regeneration of Armagh Gaol in Northern Ireland.

Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, and Shropshire Council’s chief executive Clive Wright, will be meeting for the first time with Trevor Osborne on Thursday 4 December 2014 to discuss Trevor’s plans and ideas for the Dana.

Keith Barrow commented:

“We are delighted that such a prestigious company has bought the Dana, and will work closely with Trevor to maximise the economic growth potential of the site.  The Osborne Group has a great track record of converting highly sensitive heritage buildings to high end uses.  We appreciate how important the site is to Shrewsbury and to delivering the Shrewsbury Vision, and look forward to working with Trevor, who is a renowned expert in the field of buildings of architectural and historic interest.”

The meeting on 4 December will be focusing on how the council’s planning, economic development and conservation specialists can work closely with The Osborne Group to ensure the Shrewsbury Vision is delivered.