The Leeds office of Chartered Surveyors Eddisons has been appointed to handle the disposal of the former Malsis School and all its tangible assets.
The prep-school in Cross Hills, near Skipton, closed its doors for the final time at the end of last year after the failure of a proposed merger with Giggleswick School.
The main school building is a Grade II Listed former country estate which was converted into a school in 1920. It boasts among its former pupils The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy and England cricket’s current chairman of selectors James Whitaker.
The school occupies a campus of around 32 acres including playing fields, a small golf course and a lake, as well as various out buildings.
John Padgett, Head of Agency at Eddisons says the firm is fully committed to finding an appropriate buyer for the site. ‘This is a wonderful property within extensive grounds. We will be working as hard as we can to find a buyer who will be sympathetic to its history and respectful of the wishes of the local community. A number of interests have already been registered.
‘Any future alternative uses will be subject to planning and will need to be sensitive to the property’s setting. It will be important however to secure a viable and economic use to protect the health of these important buildings.’
Eddisons is also handling the disposal of all tangible assets through its online auction platform.
A total of 1400 lots have been catalogued including antiques, trophies and two grand pianos. There is also a range of ground maintenance and commercial catering equipment, stage props, costumes and assorted items of school memorabilia.
The auction is now live at www.eddisons.com/online and lots will close on February 4th and 5th.
Jason Pinder, Director of Machinery and Business Assets at Eddisons says: ‘Whilst it is very sad to see the closure of such a well-respected school, the history and variety of lots should produce a strong realisation for the creditors.’
Meanwhile Eddisons is utilising working professionals from the local community as part of the short-term security and maintenance strategy, including the use of Property Guardians and monitored alarms in all buildings.
John joined Eddisons in 1980 and as Head of Function for Agency, he manages business activities throughout the North of England. He is actively involved in the regional markets with owner-occupiers and property companies and developers. His development of close links to local communities over a sustained period has provided and maintained a constant source of instructions from professionals and business alike.
Significant project experience over three decades of service includes sales of 400,000 sq ft of industrial units on the Euroway Estate in Bradford to a number of logistics and manufacturing firms in a £13.5m deal. Further sales highlights include a 250,000 sq ft mill complex on behalf of receivers, and co-ordination for a recent project involving £10m of student block investment disposals.
John’s approachable and willing nature also ensures highly efficient client liaison and he acts on behalf of some of Eddisons’ major clients, including PPG Ltd, ISG plc, major banks and IPs to name just a few.
A passionate life-long supporter of his beloved Bradford City Football Club, John is happy to provide the benefit of his extensive knowledge, experience and contacts when discussing all things Valley Parade.