36 bedroom country house for saleWebb HouseVictoria Avenue,Crewe,CW2 7SQ
Sold STC £850,000
Savills will be acting as Joint Auctioneers with Auction Estates.
Auction date: Thursday 20th July at Nottingham Racecourse.
Guide Price: £850,000
Substantial grade II listed former orphanage dating from 1909. Main Building GIA at approximately 2,415 sq m (26,000 sq ft). Additional buildings including the training centre, sports hall west cottage and south lodge.
Substantial grade II listed former orphanage dating from 1909
Latterly utilised by NHS Trust Manchester as a national personality disorder hospital
Main building GIA at approximately 2,415 sq m (26,000 sq ft)
Additional buildings including the training centre, sports hall, west cottage and south lodge
Total site area in the order of 1.9 hectares (4.7 acres)
Well maintained and in good order though out
Planning permission to reconfigure the property into a specialist care service with up to 36 single en suite bedrooms (expired 2012)
Further development potential
The property is located on Victoria Avenue, a residential area close to the junction with the A532 West Street and approximately one mile to the north west of Crewe Town Centre. The A500 trunk road skirts the south of Crewe and links approximately five miles to the east with Junction 16 of the M6 motorway. The property lies directly opposite Queens Park, renowned as one of the finest Parks in the North West. It is a traditional Victorian Park which has recently undergone renovations totalling circa £6.5m.
Crewe has one of the largest stations in the North West and is a major interchange station on the West Coast Main Line.
Extensive local amenities are available in the town centre including a range of shopping facilities and market, primary and secondary schools, a medical centre, dentist and library.
The main surrounding towns include Nantwich (5 miles to the south west), Sandbach (8 miles to the north east) and Newcastle-Under-Lyme (12 miles to the south east).
The Property Webb House was constructed in 1909 by British Rail and was originally designed as an orphanage for Railway Children. The property was later used as a training centre for the British Rail Board but from 1997 to 2008, operated as a specialist mental health hospital facility for NHS Trust Manchester, providing a residential service to a national market for people with personality disorders. The property is vacant, having been well maintained by the current owners.
The Webb House site comprises a range of buildings including the original Webb House property, a single storey training centre to the rear, West Cottage which was originally the matron's house and the South Lodge which was previously utilised as bedrooms for the nursing staff.
Webb House is Grade II Listed and is constructed over two storeys with Accrington red brick elevations, extensive stone dressings and a pitched slate roof. Windows throughout are the original wooden framed single glazed sash units. Guttering is cast iron.
Webb House is configured in a T shape, with administration and reception areas to the front, dining and recreational areas to the rear, the east and west wings are also over two storeys utilised leading off the central corridors and previously for accommodation.
The former training centre, located to the rear left of the site was constructed in the 1990's as a training centre for railway signal-men but which could now be utilised as an educational or training facility or other associated uses.
West Cottage was constructed at a similar time to Webb House and was originally utilised as a matron's house and later as an accommodation block for British Rail and latterly as doctor's offices for the NHS.
South Lodge is located to the left hand side of the main vehicle entrance point and has most recently utilised as bedrooms for the nursing staff whilst under NHS occupation.
The main vehicle entrance point provides access down a tree lined driveway to parking areas in front of Webb House along with a designated car park to the right hand elevation. An additional entrance and a further car park is located to the front of the training centre and adjacent to West Cottage.
Webb House presents a rare opportunity to purchase a substantial and versatile property in a strong geographical location, with an established national reputation for providing specialist healthcare services.
Scaled floor plans for both the existing and proposed accommodation are available in PDF or CAD format to interested parties on request.
Planning Application reference 09/0754N was approved with conditions by Cheshire East Council on 3 September 2009 and grants approval for 'Upgrading of Existing Hospital Accommodation' in accordance with the floor plans noted above.
The application, which has since expired, allowed for the upgrading of the existing accommodation in addition to a modest extension to the South Lodge. The consent also allowed for the existing two storey toilet block areas to the rear of the main building to be demolished and replaced with modern extensions. The new facilities could house up to 36 residents.
The property is currently Class C2
Residential Institution:- use and provision of residential accommodation and care for people in need of care. Use as a hospital or nursing home, use as a residential school or college or training centre.
The property is exempt from commercial rates.
Services, Plant and Equipment
The property is connected to the mains gas, electricity, water and drainage systems and is centrally heated by 3 Hamworthy Wessex 50 gas fired boilers to hot water radiators. There is lift access although the lift was decommissioned some years ago and we are not aware as to the specification. The smoke/ fire detectors and emergency lighting are regularly tested and we understand that they meet statutory requirements, although this cannot be warranted and purchasers should make their own enquiries.
VAT is not applicable.
The property is freehold.
Please contact Ria Khan 0115 9348125
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