North East Autism Society’s 25-Year Lease For Kiora Hall

Ward Hadaway acted for North East Autism Society on the deal.

North East Autism Society (NEAS) will be able to move into one of Stockton’s historic Edwardian buildings.

The building will now become a school for 35 autistic children on Teesside.

Kiora Hall on Ragpath Lane in Norton has stood empty since October 2020, but the charity has agreed a lease with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and will invest approximately £1.3m in repurposing it for educational purposes.

Plans also include a gym complete with changing area and showers, a new reception area, an improved entrance including the creation of a ramp and steps to the front and external alterations including car parking spaces to accommodate school pick up and drop offs.

A 25-year lease was successfully agreed on the building with the council and an under lease was also negotiated with Big Local, who will lease part of the hall from NEAS.

Katy Milner (Picture), Managing Associate from Ward Hadaway’s Built Environment Team in Newcastle advised on the deal.

Involved fees earner: Katy Milner – Ward Hadaway;

Law Firms: Ward Hadaway;

Clients: North East Autism Society;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler