Former school with £1m auction price would be ‘fantastic’ for residential use

Blackfriars Road School

The former Blackfriars Road School in Salford, which dates back to 1891, is to be put up for auction with Manchester auction house, Pugh, next month, with a guide price of £1m.

The five-storey, 10,000 sq ft building, at 29 Blackfriars Road, close to Manchester city centre, has been used most recently as warehousing, storage and office space by an automotive textiles business.

The brick-built property still has many of its 19th century features, including original exposed beams and sash windows.

Along with dozens of other properties and plots of land, the former school building will appear in the next online property auction, held by Pugh on July 17.

Pugh director, Edward Feather, said: “This is such a characterful and attractive building with a proud history and, while it has been used as business space, there are all kinds of new potential uses it could be put to, especially given its size and great location.”

He added: “Blackfriars Road is known for having some well appointed and sought-after apartments that have been developed within conversions of historic buildings such as the former Textiles Institute.

“Although obviously the appropriate planning consent would need to be gained from the local authority for any change of use, residential accommodation is just one alternative use that this property would be fantastic for.”

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