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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Old Barrow secondary school buildings sell for £150k above guide price

FORMER Barrow secondary school buildings have sold for £900,000 at auction.

The former Parkview School buildings sold for £150,000 above the guide price when they went under the hammer at Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium yesterday.

The buildings and 5.78-acre site off West Avenue, Barrow, have been vacant since the summer as Furness Academy opened its £22.5m new build in September.

Before 2009 the site was Parkview School, and prior to that the buildings were also Barrow Grammar School for Boys and Barrow Grammar School for Girls. They have been used as schools since 1934, but they have no listed status.

Pugh and Company sold the site on behalf of Cumbria County Council to a purchaser who has not been named. Barrow Borough Council had already given the county council permission for the buildings to be demolished.

The county council had planned to demolish the Parkview buildings, and also the buildings of the former Thorncliffe School and then sell the sites, but it has revealed this could have cost as much as £800,000.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “Selling the Parkview School site for £900,000 is a very pleasing result and good news for Cumbria’s taxpayers.

“At a time when the council is having to find unprecedented financial savings, we could not justify the costs of keeping hold of a large property we no longer need so took the decision to sell it at auction.

“Completing the sales means the council no longer has the costs of around £100,000 per year holding the property vacant. The money made at auction will be added into the council’s capital budget stream and invested in projects in the county.”

The council said the Thorncliffe School buildings, in Thorncliffe Road, are expected to be auctioned off in June by Pugh and Company.

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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