Remnants of old railway put up for lease by Government
New uses are being sought for two former railway stations each dating back to 1931.
The Ministry of Public Works advertised for tenders for lease of property for Harmony Hall railway station in Paget and the Riddell’s Bay station in Warwick.
The leaseholds are available for a maximum of five years, but there is an option for renewal.
Proposals must include the intended use and what improvements would be made to the properties, the estimated cost of the work, when the building would be operational and the proposed annual rent.
The tender advert said applicants must consider how their proposals for the area would complement the parks system.
All proposed work to the building will be judged against planning rules of the parks department and the National Parks Commission, as well as the Development and Planning Control Department.
The advert added that would-be tenants must be prepared to provide financial and company information if asked, as well as bank references and lawyers’ details.
The ministry said consideration would be given to those who could promise financial backing for a fast turnaround on proposals.
Applications should also include proposed rental payments and a schedule of improvements without the need for financial support from the Government.
The properties are traditional single-storey buildings and were said to be in good condition considering their age.
The buildings do not have a water supply, but electricity is available.
The railway stations are owned by the Department of Parks and have been used in the past as workshops by charities.
The Riddell’s Bay station, on Camp Hill Road, sits on an elevated concrete base.
Both stations were built in 1931 as part of the former railway line, which went from Hamilton to Somerset and was extended to the East End in 1932.
Site visits for the Harmony Hall station will be held from noon to 2pm today and from 9.30am to 11pm on February 11.
The Riddell’s Bay station will be open for viewing today from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, as well as on February 7 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and February 11 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
The deadline for applications is February 21 at 3pm.
Potential tenants will be assessed by the Department of Parks, the National Parks Commission and the planning department.
Contact Daniel Woods, the ministry’s estates officer, at 501-0393 or by e-mail to email@example.com, for more information.