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SOLD - DEC 2018
Property Type: Church / residential conversion opportunity
Address: Scott's Place, Selkirk, TD7 4DR
Property Size: 152.53 sq m (1,642 sq ft)
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Selkirk is a small town and Royal Burgh, overlooking the Ettrick and Tweed valleys, located in the Scottish borders, approximately 40 miles south of Edinburgh. The town has a population of approximately 6,000 persons and forms one of a number of settlements in the borders which include Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose and Peebles.
The town is well connected, with the A7 passing through the town and this provides direct road access to Edinburgh to the north and Carlisle to the south. The recently resurrected Borders Railway provides a direct and regular service to Edinburgh from Galashiels and Tweedbank, both of which are located close-by. Regular bus services run through the town and provide local and regional connections.
The property is located to the east of Scott’s Place, at its junction with Dovecot Park, adjacent to Selkirk town centre. Scott’s Place is a continuation of High Street which is formed less than a quarter of a mile to the south-west.
Selkirk is characterised by a number of historic buildings within the town centre including Victoria Halls, Selkirk Parish Church, Selkirk Baptist Church and the ‘Auld Kirk’, a historical landmark which is widely acknowledged to be the location where William Wallace was made Guardian of Scotland. Regeneration works at Market Square aim to further enhance the historical heart of the town centre and have been ongoing since August 2017 and are due for completion Easter 2018.
The surrounding properties are generally a mix of private residential dwelling houses, however Selkirk High Street is a short distance to the south-east and contains a variety of commercial occupiers which include a Co-op foodstore, Sainsburys local, The Royal Bank of Scotland and a number of independent traders.
• Attractive detached church property with garden ground
• Residential conversion opportunity or alternative use
• Original period features
• Located adjacent to town centre
• Total area 152.53 sq m (1,642 sq ft)
• Offers over £95,000
The property comprises an attractive detached church building, constructed of solid stone with a pitched and slated roof, served by cast iron gutters and downpipes. The building sits on a small plot which has a number of mature trees and is surrounded by a stone wall with ornate cast iron railings. There is space on the plot for parking one or more vehicles. The property benefits from a number of ornate features, both externally and internally and would represent an ideal residential conversion opportunity, although could equally suit a number of alternative uses.
The space is sub-divided to form main worship area and meeting area with integrated kitchen area, adjacent to which is a small toilet. There is also a small basement storage area which houses the central heating boiler. The main entrance to the church is via an attractive entrance vestibule served by original timber church doors.
The main worship area is fitted with pews and has a suspended timber floor part finished with carpet, with plastered/painted walls and a lath and plaster ceiling. The floor to ceiling height is approximately 6.3 metres. The church retains all the original period features including timber doors, pulpit, pews and stained glass masonry framed windows. Lighting is by means of a number of ceiling hung pendant fittings.
Further space is formed to the rear which contains a meeting room with small kitchen area, with the finishes being similar to the main church, but with a lower ceiling height. Toilet facilities are also located to the rear and contain a WC and WHB. There is a rear door which leads to the garden area via a vestibule.
The basement/storage area is accessed separately and has a concrete floor with brick/stone walls and fixed bulb light.
The building presents an ideal residential conversion opportunity, particularly given the height of the main worship area, which could be developed to form two floors, subject to planning.
The property could also be converted for use by church organisation, youth group, sports club, dance company, charity or similar type operator. Alternatively, there is potential to convert for a number of commercial uses. eg. children’s nursery, craft centre, art gallery, concert venue etc.