A disused water tower has got architect Mark Lee thinking!
Mark, a partner at Armitage Bridge-based architecture practice One 17 Design, designed The Roundhouse, a converted water tank at Hall Bower, which is home to him, his wife Caroline and their family.
So who better to comment on the potential for converting the concrete water tower which stands mushroom-like alongside the A637 Barnsley Road near Flockton?
The water tower is among more than 60 lots to be included in a forthcoming auction by property agent Eddisons. The structure is up for sale as a “development opportunity” with a guide price of £4,000.
Mark described the tower as “fantastic looking” and said: “It has bags of potential. It could be a superb, iconic residential building.”
Said Mark: “Subject to planning permission the tower offers a wonderful opportunity to design a fabulous house ‘in the round’.
“Punched windows in the existing concrete structure and a new storey with a circle of glass above would allow an amazing view for miles around.
“Living in a round house is great fun, quirky, individual and certainly good for publicity but it does have it’s own challenges, like paying for things to be curved.”
Glenn Levison, associate director at Eddisons, said: “Unusual properties always attract plenty of interest and the water tower at Flockton has already generated lots of enquiries.
“We are expecting it to go to an adventurous winning bidder, probably for rather more than its £4,000 guide price.”
The auction, which takes place on April 21 at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds, also features some more conventional properties, including the Grade II listed George and Mead Hall in Cleckheaton town centre, which in the 19th century was an imposing hotel.
The building, which has fallen into disrepair and has a guide price of £200,000-plus. The building covers almost 7,000 sq ft and has car parking and extensive landscaped grounds.
Glenn said: “We have a diverse array of properties and land going under the hammer in our spring auction which are generating plenty of interest.
“Property investment opportunities are in particularly high demand at the moment and the new stamp duty being levied on Buy to Let and second homes does not seemed to have diminished buyers’ appetites.”