Historic adult education centre to be auctioned off

The former New Mills adult community education centre

Derbyshire County Council’s former adult community education centre in New Mills will be auctioned this month with a guide price of £235,000.

The historic two-story, 15,000 sq ft building, located on a one-acre site, was previously home to the High Peak Community Arts organisation.

Constructed in 1891, the stone property was originally built by local philanthropists and business owners, the Mackie Family, as the Mackie Memorial Library.

Andrew Parker, auctioneer and managing director at SDL Property Auctions, said: “This imposing building, which has been an important presence in the town for over 130 years, would be well suited to a variety of alternative uses that would make a positive new addition for people in New Mills.

“Redeveloping the property to create apartments, a medical centre or some other community scheme, subject to obtaining the appropriate planning consents, are all options. It will be interesting to see what the next chapter holds for this character-building. New Mills is eight miles from Stockport and 13 miles from Manchester, just half an hour from Piccadilly station by train, as well as being in outstanding Peak District countryside: it is a great location.”

The property will be sold by the council in an online auction by SDL Property Auctions on June 27.

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