Fancy splashing out? 1950s water tower up for auction for £350,000

Fancy splashing out? Abandoned 1950s water tower which still has its metal spiral staircase and windows made of glass brick goes up for auction for £350,000

  • The tower in Perry, Cambridgeshire previously sold for £290,000 at auction

An abandoned 1950s water tower has gone back on the market for a guide price of £350,000 just six months after going under the hammer.

The water tower in Perry, Cambridgeshire, previously sold for £290,000 – more than three times the asking price of £90,000 – in a Savills auction in May.

The site, which comes with 0.32 acres of land, was then sold by Anglian Water Services.

The tall stone building has a pair of green double doors and inside features an old spiral staircase complete with glass brick windows, with the stairs allowing workers to access the tank.

In May, Savills auction director Jeremy Lamb said: ‘Water towers rarely come to auction.

The water tower in Perry, Cambridgeshire, previously sold for £290,000

The inside of the tower features a metal spiral staircase which would have given workers access to the tank

‘It’s the type of property that would not look out of place on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces or Grand Designs.

‘It’s a blank canvas inside with little more than a characterful wrought iron spiral staircase leading to the tank at the top – and the new owner would need to apply for planning permission should they wish to convert it to residential use.

‘It represents an ideal opportunity for a buyer to put their own stamp on a unique building and create a landmark home.’

The new auctioneers, Auction House London, added: ‘The property is situated in the established residential area of Perry. 

‘Shops and amenities are found close by as well as the Grafham Water Adventure Sports Centre which is a 7 minute walk away. Transport link are provided by Huntingdon rail station.’

The water tower comes on a 0.32 acre plot of land and is close to local amenities

Anglian Water still has 392 water towers and storage points in its portfolio

The tower could make for a mammoth renovation project

Water towers used to provide water pressure during periods of high demand using gravity.

But with more modern technological advances, they have now fallen out of use.

Anglian Water still has 392 water towers and storage points in its portfolio. 

Water towers have been the subject of some major renovations in recent years, including the transformation of an 80-year-old tower into a luxury home.

Rob Hunt spent two-and-a-half years on the incredible conversion of the concrete tank into a four-bedroom home at Clovelly Cross in Bideford, Devon.

Living on his own on site in a second-hand caravan Rob spent weeks alone cutting through 10 inch thick reinforced concrete before bringing in a builder friend to help.

The final product featured a large open-plan kitchen and living area, underfloor heating and large door-sized windows.

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