UNIQUE TOWN CENTRE BUILDING WITH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL
The property comprises an attractive four storey building (with basement), understood to have been constructed in 1902 for Mooring Aldridge solicitors. The site itself has been in the same family ownership since 1848. The property is arranged over five floors and has excellent character, with high ceilings and many original features throughout. The building was converted into a language school in the early 1990’s and is currently fitted out with class rooms, meeting rooms and office accommodation. The top floor comprises two flats that have not been occupied for many years and require refurbishment. Externally there is a garage and yard to the rear of the building that provides a small number of car parking spaces. The property includes a separate retail unit located at 3 Gervis Place, which comprises accommodation over ground floor and basement. The Net Internal Area over the two floors is approximately 169.2 sq m (1,821 sq ft). The building is not listed but is located within the Old Christchurch Road Conservation Area.
The property is located on the corner of Hinton Road and Gervis Place on the eastern side of Bournemouth town centre, within a short walking distance to the central shopping and leisure facilities of Old Christchurch Road, Westover Road, The Square and the BH2 Leisure Complex. The Lower Pleasure Gardens and seafront are also nearby. The property is located opposite St Peters Church and is within close proximity to the 315 space Central Car Park.
Freehold with vacant possession of both the former language school and shop.
We understand the property has been used as a language school for many years. The permitted use now falls under the new Use Class F1(a) (formerly Class D1). 3 Gervis Place benefits from a Class E planning use (formerly Class A1). Interested parties are encouraged to contact BCP Council planning department should they have any queries regarding their proposed use.
The property is considered suitable for a residential conversion (subject to planning). Initial feasibility work has been undertaken showing the potential to convert the language school to flats and also extend the height with an additional floor. Further details are available on request. An examples of one of these schemes are attached for illustrative purposes only. The retail premises at 3 Gervis Place may also have conversion potential.
The property is offered for sale by way of informal tender. Offers will be considered on both a conditional and unconditional basis. Interested parties are invited to submit their best and final offers to purchase the property by 12noon on Friday 2nd July 2021. Offers should be submitted in writing and be received at the offices of Sibbett Gregory as below by the closing date. The vendor reserves the right not to accept the highest or any offer.
Offers in the region of, or in excess of £1,700,000. We are advised VAT is not payable.
An Energy Performance Certificate has been commissioned and will be provided shortly.
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