Newcastle high school buildings up for sale
Newcastle High School for Girls’ current premises in Jesmond has gone up for sale ahead of the school’s move in September 2016 with offers invited by a tender date of 30 April 2016.
We have been appointed by The Girls’ Day School Trust, which owns and operates the school, to market the current properties for sale as over 900 pupils prepare to relocate.
The school announced its plans to move to new purpose-built premises on Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, last year, with the transfer expected to complete in summer 2016. This leaves the existing main school site vacant of circa 48,000 sq ft on approximately three quarters of an acre, plus three separate additional buildings.
Commenting on the relocation, headmistress Hilary French, said: "This year will see Newcastle High School for Girls reach another of its milestones on the way to creating one of the top schools in the country through a multimillion pound development of its facilities. In September 2016, the Senior School will move to its new state of the art home on Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond. The sale of its old home on Eskdale Terrace will be the final phase in this exciting development.”
We have been tasked with marketing the collection of properties on Eskdale Terrace and neighbouring Eslington Terrace and expect offers from those looking to convert the current buildings or redevelop the sites. The site includes the main school, the science block, the art department and terraced properties on Eskdale Terrace and Eslington Terrace.
The main school building is an attractive traditional brick building with a basement, ground floor and two upper storeys, while the science block is a 1960s four-storey building with a single storey gymnasium and assembly to the rear. In addition, the portfolio includes 3-5 Eskdale Terrace which comprises interconnecting terraced building totalling 4,987 sq ft and 3 Eslington Road, a mid-terrace property across 4,804 sq ft.
Of particular interest is the school art department at 39 Eskdale Terrace, a former Edwardian synagogue offering a unique space across 6,766 sq ft, which Robert Patterson, head of our commercial agency team in Newcastle, has identified as being an attractive option for community groups as well as developers.
Commenting on the opportunity, Robert said: “These properties are in an excellent location, close to the Jesmond Metro station and sitting within a conservation area. The range of buildings available make it a very attractive development or conversion opportunity. The school’s art department is in a unique building which could lend itself to a variety of uses, and I am confident that we will receive a great deal of interest.”
Offers on the properties should be received no later than April 30, 2016, ahead of the school vacating the premises in the summer.