Bidder spent more than a penny to buy former public toilets in heart of Brierfield town centre

A derelict toilet block in the heart of a town centre has sold at auction.

The successful bidder paid £18,000, the guide price set, for the former public conveniences situated next to the town hall in Colne Road, Brierfield.

The property was put under the hammer at SDL Auctions yesterday in a bumper national auction live-streamed from its head office, with remote telephone, internet and proxy bidding.

The single-storey building has approximately 40 square metres (430 square feet) of internal space.

A bidder snapped up the chance to buy this former public toilet block in Brierfield.

Andy Thompson, head of auctions North West, said: “We are delighted to have been engaged to sell the property as this is an excellent investment opportunity in a great location with a wealth of potential.”

Drawings show the potential for the property to be converted into a restaurant and takeaway, and there is scope for several other uses, subject to the necessary planning permissions.

Andy added: “The drawings show the possibility of creating a takeaway restaurant, but we feel the property would make an ideal office space or even a residential conversion, subject to consent.”

The freehold property was among 169 residential and commercial lots around the UK being sold by the company which has raised more than £55 million for sellers and sold more than 420 lots since the start of lockdown.

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These former public loos in Brierfield town centre have sold at auction
A cobbled walkway leads to the front of the former public toilet block that has been sold for 18,000.