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Former job centre in Wick is auctioneer’s most northerly property yet

SDL Auctions is selling its most northerly property yet in its first national property auction, which features lots from all four corners of Great Britain.

Just 16 miles south of John O’Groats is the former Job Centre in Girnigoe Street, Wick, a 15,000 sq ft property with the potential for a number of different uses, subject to planning permission.

Currently configured as an office with a car park, the property is in an area of mainly residential dwellings, making it suitable to be converted to a care facility, hotel or residential accommodation, with the necessary planning consents.

The property, part of which has two storeys, has a *guide price of £60,000+ and will be sold at SDL Auctions’ live-streamed auction, which will be live-streamed over the internet from its auction studio in the company’s head office. Bids can be placed remotely by telephone, proxy or over the internet.

Chris Theocharides, commercial valuer, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to invest in a location which has not just road and rail links but air and sea links, too, thanks to Wick John O’Groats Airport, which is less than a mile from the property, and nearby ferry terminals.

“Whether the buyer of this property is looking for office accommodation or to develop the site into something new, this is a fabulous location close to Wick Harbour Bridge, Wick Bay and amenities. Caithness General Hospital could be a great source of tenants if the property is converted to residential accommodation, and the town has dramatic castle remains and fascinating heritage as a former Viking settlement, attracting tourists from far and wide.”

The former job centre is the most northerly property ever sold by SDL Auctions and the fact that it is being sold alongside lots from all over Great Britain, via Wales down to the south of England, reinforces the company’s position as a national auctioneer.

SDL Auctions has taken the decision to continue holding auctions throughout the lockdown period, switching to a new model where auctions are live-streamed online so that social distancing can be maintained. The method has been tried and tested in March, when 1,850 watched the company’s three auctions on the internet and £7.1million was raised for sellers, with properties selling for an average of 15% above their guide prices.

As well as the former Job Centre in Girnigoe Street, Wick, the Thursday 30th April will feature more than 110 lots including houses, flats, commercial investments and land.

Chris added: “We are delighted that so many people have trusted us to sell their properties for them in our April auction. This confirms our belief that we are providing a vital service for those who simply cannot wait for the crisis to pass.”

The auction takes place on Thursday 30th April from 10.30am and can be viewed via live video stream on the website. To find out more about this or any of the properties in the auction, to watch live or to register to bid remotely, please click here or call the team on 0800 304 7879.