A landmark building in a Northumberland market town has been put up for sale.
Northumberland County Council has instructed Knight Frank to sell, by formal tender, Hexham House, a Grade-II listed building that used to be occupied by Tynedale District Council but not has been in use since re-organisation of local government in Northumberland.
A previous attempt to sell Hexham House along with three other “crown jewels” of the town - Prospect House, the Old Grammar School and the Old Swimming Pool - saw the buildings removed from the market when they didn’t reach the £4m hoped for.
The swimming pool and Grammar School sites have since been sold and Hexham House is now being up for sale along with the adjoining property at Gilesgate. Together they provide 7,547 sq ft of space previously used as office accommodation.
James Platts, partner of residential agency at Knight Frank says the properties will be sold as one lot but that there is considerable flexibility with regard to future use subject to planning.
He said: “Both buildings could work well as one or equally efficiently as two properties. Unquestionably their position on Gilesgate, with open views over Sele Park and Hexham Abbey and their size makes a very interesting redevelopment opportunity which would suite a number of uses.”
The properties are freehold and are to be sold with the benefit of vacant possession.
The sale of Hexham House is part of a wider plan for the county which is reviewing 89 buildings in Northumberland’s largest nine towns.
In Hexham, Northumberland County Council has opened discussions with the Queens Hall Trust to see if the Queens Hall can be used to accommodate visitor information and customer access in addition to the existing library.
If successful, the plans would allow the closure and sale of Hexham House, Prospect House, Hadrian House and the existing visitor information facility at Wentworth Car Park.