Town’s old college sold to developer

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A question mark hangs over the future of a landmark building in Rotherham town centre after it was bought by a developer two weeks ago.

The imposing 1930s Howard Building on Howard Street, once the town’s art college, has been snapped up by a developer for a sum in excess of £300,000 prior to going under the hammer at a property auction on September 16.

A spokesman for auctioneers Mark Jenkinson & Son confirmed: “There was significant interest shown in this substantial site before auction day and an a sale was made with one of the bidders, a developer .”

The purpose-built, four-storey college building which has an imposing position on the corner of Howard Street opposite the town’s indoor market, had been given a guide price of £250,000 and was billed as a development opportunity with “excellent potential for a variety of uses.”

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) had put the four storey building up for sale in 2012 with Rotherham Council acting as marketing agents, but there had been no takers.

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 operated as part of the college and also housed the council’s environmental health teams, but was deemed surplus to requirements and has been stood empty since September 2012.