Business broker Christie & Co has been mandated to sell the freehold property associated with non-operational Hawley Hurst School in Surrey, England.

Christie & Co is accepting offers in excess of £3.5 million for the campus, “a substantial freehold site which could lend itself to a wide range of educational uses”.

Founded in 1953 and owned by the founder of the Eden Project, Hawley Hurst School collapsed last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has piled pressure on the finances of private schools across the UK.

The property occupies a “spacious site”, Christie & Co said, on the outskirts of Hawley, not far from both Camberley and Farnborough, while Reading, Bracknell and Basingstoke are within a 20-minute drive.

“The main school building is an attractive, red-brick Victorian property built in 1893 which comprises teaching accommodation, administration offices, a school hall/theatre and ancillary accommodation. There are classrooms to the upper floors which can be accessed via two separate staircases and the top floor was formerly used as a headteacher’s flat comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen/living area.

“With the benefit of further modular buildings, two separate dedicated access driveways and sporting facilities, including a multi-purpose surfaced sports pitch and large sports field, the campus provides much opportunity to educational and care providers, investors, and developers alike.”

Courteney Donaldson, managing director at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “During the pandemic we have seen a notable increase in specialist education and childcare providers seeking additional premises. We expect to receive high levels of interest for this property from a wide range of potential purchasers.”

Date published: 13 April 2021

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