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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Hopes for auction success as Barrow school site goes under hammer

THERE are high hopes that a former Furness school site will bring a good price at auction next month after another closed school sold for £900,000 in April.

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FOR SALE The former Furness Academy site on Thorncliffe Road, Barrow.

Cumbria County Council has announced that the former Thorncliffe School site, in Barrow, will go under the hammer on June 12 with Pugh and Company, in Manchester.

The vacant secondary school site is based on both of Thorncliffe Road.

The original buildings were created in the 1960s as Barrow Technical School for Boys.

The site features the 75ft high tower block which was described as being “probably the highest point in the town when completed” back in April 1962.

The school later became Thorncliffe School, and it was last used as a school by Furness Academy before the school moved into a £22.5m new building in September.

The Parkview School site, also formerly used by Furness Academy, sold for £900,000 last month, which was £150,000 above the guide price.

The Thorncliffe School site, which has no guide price as yet, has been identified as “developable” in a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.

As with Parkview, the county council had already obtained planning permission from Barrow Borough Council to demolish Thorncliffe.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “The Thorn-cliffe site will be going to auction in Manchester on June 12.

“The sale of Parkview last month for £900,000 was a very pleasing result and we hope there’ll be similar interest in Thorncliffe.

“Selling these council-owned sites that are no longer needed is good news for Cumbria’s taxpayers as the council no longer has to take on maintenance costs and the money made at auction will be added into the council’s capital budget stream and invested in projects around the county.”

The former Alfred Barrow School buildings, in Duke Street – which, like Parkview and Thorncliffe, was a predecessor school of Furness Academy – is to become a super surgery.

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