The Old Fire Station and former offices, High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 1HH

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Auction sale - Monday 13th July 2015


Sold for £525,000.

Upon the instructions of

  • Freehold
  • Historic fire station
  • Vacant offices with parking
  • High Street location
  • Two buildings to be sold as one lot
  • On site parking


Tuesday 7th July 10–11am, Thursday 9th July 2–3 pm



The city of Newcastle upon Tyne is located on the banks of the River Tyne and alongside the A1 and A19 trunk roads so providing easy access to the north and the south. The A69 runs east to Carlisle following the line of Hadrian's Wall. The city has a population of around 300,000 with 1.4 million living within 12 miles. The city has two leading universities with over 55,000 students as well as two major regional hospitals and a premier league football club, and attracts over 20 million visitors a year. The city has enjoyed much regeneration including the Quayside, Baltic Arts Centre and ongoing Science Central redevelopments. The city lies on the main east coast rail line and is served by its own metro rail services and an international airport.
Gosforth is an attractive and prosperous area lying to the north of the city centre, with a population of around 24,000. The area is easily accessible from the A1 and the A19 and offers an easy commute into the city centre. Major local employers include Virgin Money, Greggs, the DVLA and HMRC. The High Street is a busy and long established retail area with modern shopping centre and retailers include Sainsburys, Boots, WH Smith as well as a good mix of local traders.
The property lies at the eastern end of the High Street (A191) close to its junction with Church Road.


The property comprises two detached buildings facing one another over an open yard.
The buildings are Victorian and date from the late 1800's and are of a stone faced construction over ground and first floors.
The front building, until recently used as council offices, is set back from, and has a long frontage to the High Street interrupted by a wide archway accessing the rear building and yard. The property has a stone front elevation and internally is laid out to a number of large and small rooms, the majority of which enjoy large window areas allowing a good level of natural light. There is a small second floor in the roof space.
The rear building was originally Gosforth fire station and has a large open two bay high ceiling garage with two roller shutter doors. The remainder of the accommodation is a mix of large and smaller rooms used as offices. The property has a full length forecourt at the front allowing parking for 7 vehicles and the central yard offers an additional 8 spaces.



Planning Authority

Newcastle City Council (0191 278 7878)

Planning & Development

The property lies within the Gosforth Conservation Area but it is not listed. Informal discussions with the planners suggest that a variety of commercial or residential uses might be considered.


VAT is not applicable to this lot.

Energy Performance Certificate

For EPC Rating please see website.


VAT is not applicable to this lot.

Floor Use Accommodation
Front block - Principle rooms: Ground front Arch side Front Rear Rear First floor - principle rooms: Front Front Rear Front (over archway) Second Built depth (approx) Frontage (approx) Rear building principle rooms: Ground First front Offices Office Office Office Office Offices Office Office Offices Offices Partitioned offices Office/ancillary Vehicle bay Office 14ft 8ins (4.5m) x 9ft 9ins (2.98m) 16ft (5m) x 17ft 4ins (5.3m) 35ft (10.7m) x 16ft 4.9m) 16ft (4.9m) x 15ft 7ins (4.77m) 26ft 7ins (8.1m x 15ft 10ins (4.8m) 22ft 9ins (6.95m) x 16ft (4.9m) 33ft 5ins (10.2m) x 15ft 7ins (4.77m) 28ft 7ins (8.7m) x 17ft 10ins (5.45m) 40ft 5ins (12.3m) x 16ft 2ins 4.9m) Two offices and store room 52ft (16m) 60ft (18m) 32ft (9.9m) x 30ft 5ins (9.2m) 31ft 2ins (9.5m) x 17ft 6ins (5.35m)


Seller's solicitor

Newcastle Legal Services

Danielle Hadden

0191 211 5161

* Guide price

The guide price is an indication of the minimum price at which, or if a guide price range is given, within which, the seller is prepared to sell at the date of publication. The guide price is not an anticipated sale price or valuation. All prices quoted are subject to contract.

* Reserve price

The reserve price is the minimum price acceptable to the seller and the price below which the auctioneer cannot sell.

Both the guide and reserve may be subject to change up to and including the day of the auction. The guide price does not include either VAT which may apply to the sale or other amounts the seller may charge. The seller’s Special Conditions of Sale and addendum if any, will state whether there are other seller’s charges and whether the seller has elected to charge VAT on the sale price. On the fall of the hammer a buyer’s fee is payable of £990 inclusive of VAT.

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