Residential developers first in the queue for school site

Residential developers, including those in the senior living sector, are expected to head the list of potential purchasers of an unusual property in Warwick.

The site of King’s High School for Girls in the town will be vacated when the school relocates to a new site in three years’ time.

Commercial property advisor Bromwich Hardy has been appointed by the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation to sell the 2.4-acre site, which has been the home of the school since 1879.

It will become available when the 610 pupils move to a new campus being created on the site of Warwick School, also part of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

Richard Hardy, of Bromwich Hardy, said the location in the heart of the historic town had alerted national firms in various sectors.

“It really is unusual to have a site of this size in such an historic location and we have had considerable interest which will only grow over the coming weeks,” he said.

“There is about 100,000 sq ft of building of varying sizes and quality existing on the site, which lends itself to several uses, but we expect the primary interest to be from residential developers, including the senior living market.

“Landor House, the original school, is a listed building and is therefore protected and the whole site is inside the Warwick Town Centre Conservation Area.”

The site is divided into four distinct blocks, but is expected to be sold as one lot with proceeds going towards the costs of the new school.
“This is a site of national interest but also of extreme local importance, and we and the Foundation are well-aware of that sensitivity and ensuring a positive legacy,” added Mr Hardy.

Simon Jones, Secretary of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, added: “The successful sale of the current King’s High site is a key component in creating the new school on the Myton Road campus.

“Bromwich Hardy have the national reach and experience but, as they are based locally, are fully aware of the history and tradition of the site and its significance to the town.”

The move, which will take three years to complete, will see the creation of a new main school building, a new shared music building, a new sixth form centre and improvements and extension to the Bridge Sports Centre.

Pictured from left: Simon Jones (Warwick Independent Schools Foundation), Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy), Richard Hardy (Bromwich Hardy), Richard Nicholson (King’s High School).