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This one’s bound to arrest bidders’ attention… a former magistrates court in Cheshire appears in Bond Wolfe’s next auction with a guide price* of £500,000+.

And the jury’s bound to agree that the three-storey property at Halton Lea in Runcorn will be one of the most unusual in the live-streamed property auction on Thursday, 18 May.

Ron Darlington, consultant director at Bond Wolfe, explained that the vacant freehold property was considered potentially suitable for various uses, subject to planning permission.

Mr Darlington said: “This ex-municipal magistrates building is close to Runcorn town centre and police station and offers scope to be utilised for a wide range of commercial, retail or residential uses, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

“There is some off-road parking outside, and then the ground floor has an entrance reception leading to multiple rooms, including a cafe, toilets, offices, security room, kitchen and additional toilets.

“There are also five cells on this floor, along with two interview rooms, a sluice room, a server room, further Offices, stores, another kitchen, more toilets, access to the car park, a staircase and a lift.

“The first floor then has its own reception area and waiting room, a total of four former court rooms, offices, stores, a kitchen, former judges’ offices, a dressing area with toilets and former advocates’ offices.

“On the second floor is a balcony landing, seven offices, one with an ensuite toilet, a large L-shaped Office, a toilet, a storeroom, a staff room and a kitchenette.

“This floor also has a sluice Room, a file room, additional toilets, three more offices and stores, plus access to the roof.”

The former magistrate’s court is one of 184 lots appearing in Bond Wolfe’s next property auction, which is due to start at 9am on Thursday 18 May.

The property auction will be live-streamed via Bond Wolfe’s website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or Internet.

For more details and to register to bid, visit or email [email protected], or call 0121 312 1212 or 01902 928 510.

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