History for sale: new owners poised for landmark Warwick buildings
CONTRACTS have just been exchanged on the sale of Warwick police station while one side of historic Northgate Street is under offer, acccording to estate agents working on behalf of the county council.
The face of the central town area is set to change forever.
While the relatively modern police station is likely to be demolished, the long row of 18th century properties on Northgate Street - which went on the market with a price tag of £5 million - must be preserved at all costs.
All listed, they have been described by the town’s mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Higgins, as: “One of the finest rows of William and Mary houses in England.
“They are second only to Grey Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne,” added Cllr Higgins, who is a history lecturer.
The Northgate Street sale, which includes ten houses more recently used as educational offices, along with the old judge’s court offices on the bend opposite the police station, along with offices and a museum storehouse at the rear, are believed to have been sold for considerably less than the guide price.
But developers will be restricted to what can be done with the frontages.
Most likely they will be converted back into upmarket town houses with developers being free to carry out some demolition of 1930s offices at the rear which back onto The Butts.
Meanwhile, over the road, the Grade I listed former Crown and County Court buildings in Northgate Street are about to have new tenants.
Originally some 17 tenders were made to the county council for the lease of the buildings.
It is understood these tenders have now been reduced to a shortlist of five.
As with the town houses, there will be restrictions on what future use can be made of the court buildings, which date back to 1758.
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