Empty pubs, a filter station and an old cinema are just some of the South Yorkshire properties set to go under the hammer.
The former filter house – complete with equipment, dials and tanks – at Redmires Road, Fulwood, Sheffield is one of the highlights of a large property auction in the city later this month.
However, uncertainty surrounds the building’s future with the Peak District National Park Authority – which has the final say on the station’s uses – ruling out residential use.
The property is expected to sell for more than £125,000, despite the authority saying it was ‘unlikely’ to be allowed to be used for residential property, as it does not address local needs.
The authority said the house, which was decommissioned in the last decade, is of ‘no architectural merit’, does not warrant remaining and it could ‘only possibly support’ its use for educational purposes.
However, Adrian Little, of Sheffield-based Mark Jenkinson & Co, which is holding the auction, said there had been ‘significant interest’ in the building, particularly from outdoor pursuit businesses.
Mr Little said: “The filter house has attracted a huge amount of interest, but any thoughts of grand designs will no doubt be restricted by the park planners.
“The property is in the Greenbelt and occupies a magnificent plot.
“It will be interesting to see what happens to it.
“It’s in a fantastic location, but it is a utility-looking building and substantial internal work is needed to remove the filter tanks
“It’s not one for the nervous. There is a need for significant investment in expert planning advice.
“There is a great deal of risk involved, but there are people who are prepared to take on the planners in the hope establishing a viable and economic use for the site .”
The filter house was originally part of Redmires Reservoirs, three reservoirs built to supply clean drinking water into the city during a cholera epidemic in 1832.
Other buildings going under the hammer include Freedom Works on John Street in Sheffield city centre and the former Princess Theatre in Hoyland, Barnsley.
Freedom Works – which carries a guide price of £295,000-plus – comes with full planning permission to be converted into 14 two-bedroom apartments, as well as ground-floor retail space.
Mr Little said: “Freedom Works is straightforward in that it has planning permission for apartments.”
The former Princess Theatre, on the corner of West Street and Broad Street, is currently used as a dance studio and function suite, but there are preliminary plans to knock it down and replace it with 10 two-bedroom apartments.
Other lots includes the vacant White Swan pub at Maltby and The Florist pub in Walkley, Sheffield.
* The auction takes place on Tuesday, July 16, at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium. For details, see Mark Jenkisnon
Former advice office going under hammer
Part of a former hotel, a pharmacy building and a former Citizens Advice Bureau office are among property in South Yorkshire in the sale.
* 114 Walkley Street, Walkley, Sheffield, part of the former ‘Royal Hotel’ – guide price £75,000;
* 77 Queen Street, Mosborough, Sheffield, comprising a former Citizens Advice Bureau office – guide price £80,000-£90,000;
* 119-121 Upwell Street, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, including a ground-floor retail unit let to a pharmacy – guide price £150,000; n The Old School House, High Street, Misterton, Doncaster – guide price £75,000;
* The Double Barrel pub, Woodhouse Green, Thurcroft, Rotherham – guide price £150,000;
* The Florist pub, Walkley, Sheffield – guide price £110,000;
* The Railway pub, Blackburn Road, Blackburn, Rotherham – guide price £85,000;
* The Sheffield Arms pub, 107 Upwell Street, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield– guide price £90,000;
* White Swan pub, Blyth Road, Maltby – guide price £120,000;
* The Temperance Hall, 71-77 Wellgate, Rotherham – guide price £125,000.