Sale of Westminster House, BIRKENHEAD

Alan Rundle made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please provide details of the payment received from Wirral Partnership Homes (recently re-named 'Magenta Living') for Westminster House, Birkenhead, including the date of sale.
Apparently, Westminster House was recently re-named 'Partnership Building'.
Also provide details of the valuation process and details concerning whether it was Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council OR Wirral Partnership Homes (Magenta Living) who paid for:
(a) the internal refurbishment of Westminster House/Partnership Building; and
(b) the external refurbishment of Westminster House/Partnership Building.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please find Wirral Borough Council’s response below.

 

On 16^th July 2014 you submitted a request directly to a Council officer
regarding, among other things, the sale of Westminster House to Wirral
Partnership Homes. The officer was on leave without access to email and
you would have received an Out Of Office message advising you of this. As
you did not redirect your enquiry to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]
as instructed, the enquiry was processed upon the officer’s return to
work. The Council then responded on 26^th August 2014, within the
statutory timeframe.

 

The specific questions asked are below, along with the Council’s
responses.

 

6. When did Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council sell `Westminster House’
(recently renamed `Partnership Building’), in Hamilton Street, Birkenhead
to WPH/Magenta Living?

 

            28th November 2011

 

7.  How much did the Council receive in payment, from WPH/Magenta Living,
for the sale of `Westminster House’?

 

£1,025,000

 

8.  How many rooms are there in the five floors of `Westminster House’?

 

Not known. The net internal area of the building is 3725 square metres.

 

9. Which agency did the Council use to value `Westminster House’, prior to
the sale?

 

DVS (Commercial arm of the Valuation Office Agency)

 

10. What was the valuation put on `Westminster House’ by that agency?

 

DVS valued the property at £1,900,000 in September 2010, subsequently
revising this to £1,300,000 in July 2011.

 

Agents, CBRE, were also appointed by the Council and valued the property
at £1,200,000 in July 2011. Wirral Partnership Home’s agents, GVA Grimley,
valued the property at £800,000 in July 2011.

 

            […]

 

14. Who paid for the external refurbishment of `Westminster House’?

 

Wirral Partnership Homes

 

15. Who paid for the internal refurbishment of `Westminster House’?

 

Wirral Partnership Homes

 

As you have previously been provided with this information, your request
is refused under Section 14(2) of the Act as it is repeated. The Council
has paid regard to the guidance published by the Information Commissioner
on this subject, namely

 

Under Section 14(2) of the Act, a public authority does not have to comply
with a request which is identical, or substantially similar to a previous
request submitted by the same individual, unless a reasonable period has
elapsed between those requests. There is no public interest test.

           

            […]

           

The reasonable interval is largely dependent upon the likelihood of any of
the information caught within the scope of the request differing or having
changed from that previously provided.

 

The information provided in August 2014 was both factual and historical,
and there is therefore no likelihood that this has or will change.

 

The full guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office on repeated
requests can be found on their website at [2]this link.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Act to ask for an internal
review in respect of this refusal of your request for information. This
should be addressed to:

Information Manager

Legal and Member Services

Town Hall

Brighton Street

Wallasey

CH44 8ED

[3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

If you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[4]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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