Friday, August 29, 2014

News: High interest in Howard Building


The Howard Building, the prominent former college building in Rotherham town centre, has been given a guide price of £250,000 and is being sold as a development opportunity.

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) put the four storey building up for sale in 2012 with Rotherham Council acting as marketing agents but there hasn't been any takers. It is now due to go up for auction on September 16.

The building covers around 58,000 sq ft and includes classrooms, offices, common room, library and meeting rooms. Part of the basement floor has more recently been used as a nursery.

The site is being sold freehold with vacant possession and was advertised as having potential for alternative uses subject to planning permission which could include office, retail, hotel and residential use.

Opened in the 1930's on Howard Street in the heart of the town centre, it operated as part of the college and also housed the council's environmental health teams. It was deemed surplus to requirements and was vacated in September 2012. The college has gone on to invest over £15m in the last three years improving the facilities in the town centre after securing government funding and a £5m loan from the council.

Local auctioneers, Mark Jenkinson & son said that "the clients [RCAT] are mindful to sell prior to auction having already received a good level of interest."

Also going under the hammer is the water damaged offices at 26 Moorgate Street in Rotherham town centre. The 2,000 sq ft property has been given a guide price of just £30,000 but requires a "comprehensive scheme of refurbishment."

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