Sheffield’s Old Town Hall has been withdrawn from sale - just days after it was put on the property market with a price tag of £2 million.
The Grade II listed building in Waingate was listed for sale as a ‘residential development opportunity’ but is no longer being advertised, despite having attracted several enquiries from interested parties.
Valerie Bayliss, chair of the campaign group Friends of the Old Town Hall, said: “Exactly the same thing happened a year ago, when a sale brochure appeared on a different agent’s website for a couple of weeks and then vanished. Clearly no sale took place then and it seems unlikely there’s been a sale now.
“We wonder what the owners are playing at. There’s a pattern here, and it isn’t one that helps the city.”
The agents handling the sale - Michael Berman and Co, based in London - were unavailable for comment.
The hall, built in 1808, has stood empty since 1996. In 2007 it was placed on the Victorian Society’s list of the most at-risk buildings in the UK. A report looking at potential options for the building’s future use has been commissioned by the Friends group.
Member Brian Holmshaw said: “We expect the results of the study by the end of the year, and that it will open up the building to many more opportunities than simply residential conversion.
“Just look around the country. There are many town hall and courthouse conversions, as restaurants, offices and museums, as well as housing.
“While housing may be a possibility, the layout of the Old Town Hall, with its two huge, top-lit Victorian courtrooms, makes it a challenge.”