Monday, January 13, 2014

News: Auction house bid for Rotherham site

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A large empty commercial property in Rotherham could be given a jump start as plans come forward for an auction house on Greasborough Road.

A planning application has been submitted to change the use of the Carr House site into an auction centre. Close to Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, the property has previously been home to Transco, British Gas and East Midlands Gas Board and is believed to have accommodated approximately 430 employees.

The centre would be used for a variety of types and size of auctions ranging from cars, property, furniture, antiques and catering equipment. The largest event is expected to be motor auctions that would take place one evening per week attracting approximately 250 – 300 visitors.

The plans state that: "The proposed use would create 40 full time and 15 part time jobs and this is expected to increase by 25% in the second year. All staff will be locally sourced and trained on site. A variety of jobs will be created including administration, finance, drivers, valeters etc."

The majority of the site has been vacant since August 2011, only a small section of the office building is currently in use. The plans have been submitted on behalf of Taylor Woolhouse, the suppliers of mineral processing and bulk handling equipment, that are currently based in part of Carr House.

Currently being advertised by joint agents, Crosswaite Commercial and Fowler Sandford, Carr House has 36,800 sq ft of space suitable for an office or call centre use.

During its time vacant, part of the building housed the set of a prison for Prisoners' Wives, the BBC drama series set in Sheffield.

The operators of the proposed auction house are not disclosed in the plans. Rotherham's last large motor auction site was closed by Manheim in 2010 who had operated for over 20 years at a six acre site at Canklow that offered 30,000 vehicles per year.

The plans for the new auction house, which also include ancillary offices and café/restaurant facilities, have been given a provisional decision date of May 2014.

Images: Crosswaite Commercial

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