Barony St John’s: construction of the church of Ardrossan at auction
ONE of the focal points of Ardrossan’s architectural landscape is set to sell for the second time in 12 months after being listed in a public auction scheduled for next week.
The 19th-century Barony St John’s Church on Princes Street will go under the hammer on Thursday alongside more than 300 other lots from the Future Property Auctions catalogue.
The online sale will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 7 with a starting price for the church of £52,000.
The building is described as an “attractive Gothic church from 1844” with “potential for conversion into 12 residential accommodation”.
The auction listing reads: “Ideal auction buy for investor/developer with potential development of up to 12 apartments in a desirable location.
“Realistic sale value of over £100,000 per property on completion in a beautiful and sought after location on the Ayrshire coast with stunning views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and the -of the.”
A local charity, the Scottish Center for Personal Safety, took over the site in 2015 and planned to turn the space into a venue for music and events.
However, a lack of financial and political support for the idea put an end to major proposals and the building went on the market about 18 months ago.
Alan Bell, founder of the charity, posted on his Ardrossman blog at the time: “From 2018 to 2020 we have done our best to get support for this project, not only financial support but also project support from the council and various ‘movers and shakers’ in the area.
“Despite our best efforts, unfortunately we were unable to get this project off the ground and when Storm Brendan hit and devastated the connecting corridor last December, I began to think that maybe it was an omen.
“The church building now has several leaks from various missing roof tiles and this, combined with the lack of heating for over a decade in the building, has caused the plaster to crumble and the window frames to loosen. .
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“Each year, the building is abandoned, which further reduces the chances of it being saved. Now is the time to let someone else try to save this building before it’s too late.
The old church was purchased early last year by Tom Easton, managing director of V2 Construction, who hoped to preserve the building after an “impulse purchase”.
He told the Herald of his plans to use the building for luxury apartments – with potential use as offices or a venue.