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Manchester legal team advises Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales) on regeneration and operation of grade II listed Trafford Hall

22 July 2021

Browne Jacobson have advised YHA (England and Wales) on a partnership agreement with regeneration group Regenda to operate the grade II listed building, Trafford Hall, as a Youth Hostel.

The agreement with regeneration group Regenda, will see the charitable organisation transform the building into a hostel and training centre which will create various employment and volunteering opportunities for the North West region.

Trafford Hall has already re-branded to YHA Chester Trafford Hall and is the fourth hostel in YHA’s portfolio in the North West region. The Georgian mansion house is situated on 14 acres of land on the outskirts of Chester and will provide eco-friendly chalet accommodation which boasts various nature walks within its grounds.

The transaction was led by Nat Avdiu, an associate lawyer in the firm’s Manchester based Government team.

YHA (England and Wales) Property Director, Jake Chalmers commented:

“I am delighted with the high-quality legal advice and invaluable support Nat and the Browne Jacobson team gave on this project. Nat was really friendly and engaging – but also firm on the detail… a great combination.

“We have worked with Browne Jacobson for many years and took a different approach to this project. As a result, we were able to consolidate our offering in the North West by acquiring and bringing back to life a beautifully unique property in partnership with Regenda.”

Client partner and joint head of the firm’s Manchester real estate team, Dominic Buckley, added:

“This is a key project for our client, creating multiple job opportunities and giving a real boost to two of the region’s hardest hit sectors during the pandemic – hospitality and recreation.

“The work Nat and the team did on the transaction showcases our collaborative strength and our ability to offer our clients a truly joined up and innovative approach. It has been fantastic for our team to have advised on it.”


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