Run-down condition of The Lawn in Lincoln to be revealed at public meeting
Details of a report into the condition of a run-down Lincoln landmark will be revealed at a public meeting.
The Lawn complex was put up for sale by the City of Lincoln Council in January.
The report, written by Grover Lewis Associates, was submitted to the council in March 2011 ahead of the bidding process.
The authors of the report later became part of the team to help businessman Jonathan Pass – who owns the Charlotte House Hotel – put the only formal bid together.
That bid was rejected and Mr Pass will be revealing the details of those proposals, and the report, at the public meeting on Monday, September 3.
Mr Pass's plans for a new-look hotel and conference complex include restoring many of the building's original features.
"The council has already openly admitted it can no longer afford the upkeep of the buildings or the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory," he said.
"One thing is certain – every month that goes by makes the project more difficult as the repair bill gets higher."
The report concluded that while the overall maintenance of the building had been "adequate" there were existing problems and dangers.
It identified leaks in the roof, curved windows that had replaced with straight ones, some badly repaired brickwork, and a slate roof that needed completely replacing.
"One of the greatest threats facing the long-term survival of the buildings is the risk of lack of regular and effective maintenance," said the report.
"The principal historic building block at The Lawn is a large and complex building, with a multiplicity of roof slopes.
"A building of this age and complexity requires a continual programme of maintenance if the survival of its historic fabric is to be safeguarded."
The report said that the buildings had been adequately maintained by the city council. But it also said there was evidence of water getting in and the slate roof coverings may need a complete overhaul.
"Internally, some of the re-decoration that has been carried out in recent years, such as the use of woodchip wallpaper, is inappropriate," the report added.
"These areas are under threat for a variety of reasons including poor maintenance, poor accessibility, poorly conceived adaptations and low usage."
Last month, Councillor Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: "We stand by our decision to put The Lawn up for sale because of the ongoing costs of its maintenance and because it does not fit with the council's current priorities."
The council did not wish to elaborate.