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Striking Building Sold At Auction

Wednesday November 6 2013


Photo by Asa Foster Photo by Asa Foster


AN abandoned, part-built block of flats which was once valued at £11million has sold at auction - for just £375,000.

It's understood the development will be completed by the new owner, who has not been named.

A further £4million is thought to be needed to finish the intended development.

The building, at the junction of John Street and Burleigh Street, was sold at the Eddisons auction sale on October 24.

The building's skeleton is already finished and it's set to comprise of 66 one-bedroom and 20, two-bedroom flats, along with 10,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space on final completion.

Asa Foster, 28, who took the spectacular photograph on this article, raised the alarm of the 'death trap' concrete skeleton after scaling the unfinished building.

Asa was shocked at what he found inside, with needles strewn about and the building being used by people taking drugs and drinking. 

He said it was only a matter time until someone was seriously injured or killed as the building has no security, external walls, barriers, lighting, and there are holes in some of the floors.

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Reply Posted by mrx on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 09:29
Cool might get finished now

Reply Posted by enforce on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 12:58
But where are the druggies gonna go now? Back to Sparrow park.

Reply Posted by R-enforce on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 13:11
Back to your house daft lad

Reply Posted by Peter H on Thursday November 7 2013 at 08:27
Thank God for that, the thing has been an eyesore for long enough

Reply Posted by bobski on Thursday November 7 2013 at 08:48
£4.375mil/86 = 51k/unit. Someones gonna make a tidy profit if on budget. This excludes any profit from retail too.

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Thursday November 7 2013 at 16:47
No accounting for some peoples taste WAB how is a concrete structure 'striking' its an eyesore

Reply Posted by roy on Thursday November 7 2013 at 19:23
like your comment g g

Reply Posted by max on Tuesday January 7 2014 at 13:22
it's the VIEW from the building that is striking :)

Reply Posted by the real sid on Thursday November 7 2013 at 17:30
it should be turned into a rehab centre for druggies and alcoholics.

Reply Posted by roy on Thursday November 7 2013 at 19:18
don't put walls up please might get rid of a few

Reply Posted by gav wroe on Saturday November 9 2013 at 18:10
Its about time it got sorted Out But where All Druggies Going to go Nar Sparrow Park Tarn Centre ???? Wonderful

Reply Posted by mark on Saturday November 9 2013 at 20:11
Wow does not take much to grind your gears hey! Maybe read the article again and TRY to understand the striking picture comment. You will find that nowhere at all does it say the skelinton is striking...get a life and use tour head before making completly stupid comments

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Saturday November 9 2013 at 20:40
Mark I do understand the 'spectacular' view comment in the article, not the 'striking' building headline. The headline does not say striking view from building so maybe you should read the article correctly next time

Reply Posted by Correction on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 08:33
Striking....what do both think this word means? It means attracting attention, unique, as in unusual. Read the word not the article!!! The building is therefore striking I am sure you would agree? But my guess is that you won't.

Reply Posted by Collet on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:06
The comments from Barnsley people is amazing there all classic,just like our Councillors don't no what's right or wrong,just don't seem to agree on anything.!!!!

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 17:02
Correction you are right it does attract attention for all the wrong reasons, as for unique and unusual there are plenty of partially complete buildings up and down the country, so its hardly unique

Reply Posted by Correction on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 10:55
Ha ha grind my gears! There are plenty of incomplete building projects. But unique would suggest there isn't one that looks like that! Funniest thing about my comment, is that I have no idea which building the article is about. I assume this is the one that stands behind the tax office? Now when it's finished it may no longer be unique/striking...another gateway plaza maybe??

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 17:07
Correction although we may not agree on the building be striking, I do hope when it is complete it is not another standard glass fronted building, like the gateway plaza. May I also say after reading peoples comments on WAB it is refreshing to see a differing opinion that does not resort to personal attacks

Reply Posted by Correction on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 22:18
You're right there! It's the town we live in I'm afraid! Silly comments always banded around on here! Unfortunately it will be another gateway plaza, dated in another 20 yrs time!