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Press Release


June 2019






Former 1920s Auchterarder cinema goes under the hammer


SVA Property Auctions, Scotland’s independent auction service, will be putting 18 lots under the hammer on Thursday 27th June at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel.


The last auction before the summer break offers opportunities for investment, development and renovation, with properties coming under the hammer from as far north as Beauly to Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway.


However, perhaps two of the most unusual lots are in Edinburgh. On Drum Brae Drive on the west  side of Edinburgh, a former “mess room and barrow store” for bus drivers is up for sale. It sits adjacent to the currently operational bus shelter and toilet facilities used by bus crew. Says Shaun Vigers, SVA director and auctioneer: “The accommodation has a pedestrian access and also roller shutter doors and should be suitable for storage. However, as it is located beside Corstorphine Hill local nature reserve and the Leonardo Hotel it also offers up potential for the entrepreneurial-minded. It could, for instance, be used as a club or meeting room, or perhaps a base for cycle rental or maybe even fitted out as a dog washing enterprise.”


The mess room is being guided at £12,500.


A second property in Edinburgh’s Corstorphine is a semi-detached three storey block of 9 individual flats, standing in it own self-self-contained plot. Located on Featherhall Avenue, the property is close to local shops, a short drive from The Gyle retail centre and has easy access to both the airport, motorway and city bus routes. The accommodation was formerly built as housing for older people but has more recently been used as private holiday rentals. The building currently has planning consent for general residential use and could be refurbished as 9 separate flats or re-configured as fewer flats with bigger footprints. Given the location of the property and the  potential commercial opportunities, Vigers believes the lot will sell under the hammer for over the guide price of £1.2 million.


However its not just the Edinburgh section of the catalogue that features quirkiness and potential for creative re-imagining. A former town centre cinema in the affluent town of Auchterarder is also livening up proceedings. First opened as The Regal in 1928, it boasted 580 seats, an Art Deco foyer, a tea room and a grand, ornate stone staircase. Although not in good decorative order now, the layout remains the same and the integrity of the building has been maintained by the long-term owners, as they operated an antiques store and shop from the premises.


Surprisingly, the building is not listed so the retail or residential possibilities are limitless for a buyer with a reasonable budget and a great deal of imagination and creative energy. The property is likely to sell in the region of £200,000.


The next SVA Property Auctions sale will take place at 2pm on 19th September at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.





For further information, please contact Shaun Vigers, SVA Property Auctions on 0131 624 6640.


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