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Neglected £45m lottery winners mansion could be demolished

The house sold for £1.2m in 2012 Photo: BPM Media

A mansion bought for £1.2m by a couple who won £45m on the lottery is facing demolition after they never moved in.

Matt and Cassey Topham were both aged 22 when they won the lottery in 2012 and bought the house in Adams Hill in Nottingham.

They had £5m plans to create a 'Teletubby-style' home with eight bedrooms, sound-proofed cinema, botanical garden and a grotto-style swimming pool.

But after years of neglect it has been boarded up and Nottingham City Council are planning to demolish it.

An artist design of the proposed renovation work Credit: BPM Media

A report from the council said:

The house has been the victim of anti-social behaviour, vandalism, countless arson and nuisance fire attempts, and is now in a state where every opening has been blocked up internally, and secured by steel sheets externally.

– Nottingham City Council
The house could be demolished Credit: BPM Media

Rainbow House was built in 1936 and was owned by Mr Lewin who owned a number of cinemas.

The art deco house is not listed, but is considered a Heritage Asset as it lies within the Wollaton Park Conservation Area.

Rainbow House Credit: BPM Media

In July 2013, Nottingham City Council granted conditional planning permission for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of the new eight-bedroomed property.

But the couple never moved in, and For-Ward Planning Consultancy, acting on behalf of Mr Topham, says that scheme is now not 'economically viable' as the build costs have more than tripled.

It says that a series of other schemes have been brought to the council, but "none of these schemes have received informal officer support for various reasons."

It has submitted another application, in the name of Mr Topham, to demolish the existing building. It wants to build another property in its place, but details of this have not been revealed at this stage.