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Part-Built Block Of Flats Up For Auction

Thursday October 17 2013

Photo by Asa Foster Photo by Asa Foster

AN abandoned, part-built block of flats which was once valued at £11million is up for auction - with a guide price of just £375,000.

The 'City Reach' apartments, at the junction of John Street and Burleigh Street, was conceived as a striking new addition to the Barnsley skyline when it was given planning permission six years ago.

However, it has since been dubbed as 'a tragedy waiting to happen'.

It's now being offered for auction in Leeds on October 24 by Eddisons on the instruction of the Joint LPA Receivers - for less than four per cent of its original value.

The superstructure of the development has been completed and the scheme is for 66 one-bedroom flats and 20 two-bedroom flats. At ground floor level 10,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space is planned.

Tony Webber, of Eddisons, said: "The scheme is available for completion as planned, or could be suitable for alternative schemes such as a hotel, offices or social housing, subject to planning."

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

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 Richard on Thursday October 17 2013 at 10:39
Sounds like a cost efficient way of offering smaller accommodation to those complaining about the so called "bedroom tax"

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday October 17 2013 at 10:47
how do you mean "so called" Richard. are some people paying it. or not. or is it fictional thing.

Reply Posted by T on Thursday October 17 2013 at 16:39
Isn't this the guy who took the photo a few months ago and it turns out he was trespassing? Lol.

Reply Posted by Marie Jones on Thursday October 17 2013 at 17:20
everytime we used to come into Barnsley from Stairfoot this eyesore was staring at us... I was just talking about it again today when we arrived nr Alhambra shopping centre.. I am so glad something is being done about it ..

Reply Posted by Steven Redfern on Thursday October 17 2013 at 17:26
If the New owner when They Purchase.DIGS Deep Enough they will Find The Rest of The Scrapman Jack Blackburns Money! In the end he had Galloping Alzheimer's. the old money Spider forgot where he had Buried all the Money. Not all Scrapmen do this!!!

Reply Posted by Mr Val on Thursday October 17 2013 at 17:56
Hope the Sale Price is a lot higher or this will do the Value of land & properties a Deal of good in Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Steph on Thursday October 17 2013 at 18:14
Looks a good investment

Reply Posted by Give this tarn a chance on Thursday October 17 2013 at 18:42
Who valued this ?

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday October 17 2013 at 18:59
The council should buy it, and use it for housing Barnsley citizens. The profits made can be reinvested in improving Barnsley.

Reply Posted by steveo on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:01
Yes of course they should, in fact i'll ring them up and ask them if I can have a 6 bedroom house for FREE!

Reply Posted by Pad on Thursday October 17 2013 at 22:32
Why do you think the council owe Barnsley citizens all a home? Nobody owes you anything.

Go to school, get an education, have ambition, determination and drive to succeed, get a job, do well, buy your own home, have self respect. Be proud of what you have achieved. Inspire others to do the same.

Reply Posted by steveo on Friday October 18 2013 at 14:21
Pad, I was being SARCASTIC!

Reply Posted by Pad on Friday October 25 2013 at 12:08
Steveo, I was replying to Tom, whom I don't think was being sarcastic.

Reply Posted by Father on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:41
We need this Town to Prosper. For the better of the People of Barnsley . Derisory Prices of Property By Commercial Agents to Sell for Greedy Banks Wanting the money after there lending Skills come to Fruition just shows there all Ambiguous Greedy Muppets in all together.

Reply Posted by Dee on Thursday October 17 2013 at 22:33
Nice1steveo but if ur British you've no chance

Reply Posted by out on Thursday October 17 2013 at 23:29
there will be ready in time for the Bulgarians and hungarians

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday October 18 2013 at 10:42
@out - Actually it is Bulgarians and Romanians. Hungary is a different country.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Friday October 18 2013 at 14:23
Just to put the lid on this one, in my post above ^^^ I was being Sarcastic!

Reply Posted by Pad on Friday October 25 2013 at 12:09
It sold for £375k.

Reply Posted by Jacko on Sunday October 27 2013 at 11:48
Im glad something is being done about it as i am from Sheffield (my wife works in Barnsley) iv’e often wondered when it is going to be completed as it looks an eyesore and is imposing the wrong image on Barnsley’s skyline and the fact it has now been sold is a sign of our improving economy.