Five lots to watch: London's February property auctions

There are over 260 properties available to the highest bidder at Savills' biggest ever property auction on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February, swiftly followed by some unique gems at Allsop's auction on Thursday 13 February. We're keeping our eye on these five properties.

Unique living space: Broadmeads Pumping Station in Ware still requires planning permission to convert into a residential premises

Broadmeads Pumping Station, Hertford Road, Ware, SG12 9LH
Guide Price: £450,000+
Auction House: Savills, 020 7824 9091 
When: 10 February 2014

Former industrial buildings can offer unique living spaces - and this gorgeously grand pumping station in Ware, Hertfordshire is no exception. Offering a sizeable 3,660 sq. ft. living space and apporximately 0.75 acres of land, this attractive Grade II-listed gem has major potential.  The building is currently being used as office accommodation but, subject to planning, there could be an opportunity to convert this to residential. The main caveat is that the freeholder will retain the self-contained operational pump room on the ground floor – which really ups the ante on ‘industrial chic'. Broadmeads Pumping Station is idyllically situated close to the river and just moments from Ware town centre. The mainline train station is commuter-friendly with a journey time to London Liverpool Street of 45 minutes.


A picturesque pumping station cottage: Wansunt Pumping Station is also firmly within the commuter belt 

Wansunt Pumping Station Cottage, Lower Station Road, Crayford, Kent, DA1 3PY 
Guide Price: £200,000+
Auction House: Savills, 020 7824 9091 
When: 10 February 2014

Thames Water Authority don’t usually sell off picturesque pumping station cottages within the commuter belt – which makes this three bedroom lot hot property. Given the property’s history and its secluded site of approximately 0.76 acres, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re buying a slice of “River Cottage” life, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Here, you are firmly in commuter-belt territory with Crayford train station just moments from your doorstep, offering an easy journey time of 38 minutes to Charing Cross.


Conversion potential: planning permission is still required to turn this Cambridge church premises into a residential property

Church Premises adjacent to 1 Radegund Road, Cambridge, CB1 3RH
Guide Price: £140,000+
Auction House: Savills, 020 7824 9091
When: 10 February 2014

Former places of worship are often heralded as ideal conversions to residential space and this detached single storey church premises offers inspired potential. Centrally located in the prestigious University City of Cambridge this detached building of 1,350 sq. ft.on a site area of 0.22 acres, is sure to attract an arduous congregation at the auction room.  Presently classified as D1 Use, you’ll need permission to convert it to residential, which will give it an anticipated £500,000 end value. Conveniently located for Cambridge town centre, the property is also well located for commuters, Cambridge train station is a 15 minute walk away and fast trains to London Kings Cross take 50 minutes.


In good nick: this police station comes with planning permission for three two-bedroom flats and a detached three-bedroom house

Former Bushey Police Station, 43 Sparrows Herne, Hertfordshire, WD23 1AF
Guide Price: £800,000-£900,000
Auction House: Allsops, 020 7494 3686  
When: 13 February 2014

Buying the local nick may not be everyone’s idea of an ideal home – but then they have yet to see the imposing grandeur of the former Bushey Police Station. With a grand guide of £800-900,000 this freehold grade II-listed former police station occupying a site area of 0.168 acres comes with the all-important planning permission.  This will allow the existing building to be converted into three two-bedroom flats and the addition of a new two-storey three-bedroom detached dwelling. Bushey is ideally located for London commuters with trains to Euston taking just 19 minutes.

Georgian gem: A 10-bedroom mansion with planning permission to convert into two homes and add six mews houses

Rushgrove House and land, Rushgrove Street, Woolwich, SE18 5DD 
Guide Price: £3-3.1M
Auction House: Allsops, 020 7494 3686  
When: 13 February 2014

Capital country house chic doesn’t come cheap – and so it’s no surprise this magnificent 10-bedroom Georgian gem has a guide price of £3-3.1 million. Rushgrove House is an attractive grade II-listed period property that dates back to 1815.  Internally the property offers about 8,000 sq. ft. of living space set within a site area of 3.84 acres – which also includes the Mulgrave Pond, an historical landmark. Planning permission has been granted to sub-divide the existing dwelling into one five-bedroom and one four-bedroom property, plus the erection of six mews houses in the grounds. However, if you’ve got deep pockets - you could keep Rushgrove House all to yourself. Woolwich Arsenal is within easy walking distance and with the opening of Cross Rail in 2018, Rushgrove House could soon be topping the property hot spots.

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