Disused police boxes go on sale

Fitzalan Square police box
Fitzalan Square police box

EIGHT disused police boxes in Sheffield have gone on sale.

One is in Fitzalan Square in the city centre and the others in residential locations including Ecclesall and Broomhill.

The city centre box is near Sheffield’s transport interchange and Castle Market and similar-sized venues that have become small takeaway food outlets, while the Ecclesall police box fronts on to Ecclesall Road South.

The others are in Crookes, Darnall, Totley Brook, Wadsley Bridge and Wincobank.

Rebecca Schofield, from commercial property consultants Knight Frank which is acting as agents for South Yorkshire Police, said: “Police boxes often attract a lot of interest thanks to their history, their convenient locations and, of course, the Doctor Who association. However, they can be used in a variety of ways such as a small office or storage space.

“In the past people have acquired disused police boxes and turned them into a small retail outlet or a kiosk and many of these Sheffield sites could also present an opportunity for redevelopment, subject to necessary planning consent.”

The former police posts are all single storey brick or stone-built buildings and range in size from 56 sq ft to 430 sq ft. Most have kitchen and toilet facilities.

Police boxes were used by officers on the beat until the mid-1960s, when personal radios were introduced to make it easier for them to keep in touch with bosses and colleagues.

David Livingstone, South Yorkshire Police’s head of facilities management, said: “The advent of mobile phones and BlackBerrys mean officers no longer require police boxes for reporting when they’re out on the beat.’’

For information call Rebecca on 0114 2729750 or email rebecca.schofield@knightfrank.com