New buyer found for former Bulwell Library

Bulwell Library Closes
Bulwell Library Closes

BULWELL’S former public library on Highbury Road -- which closed exactly a year ago -- has now been sold.

A spokesman for Nottingham estate agents Savills confirmed this week that a private sale of the iconic building had now been completed.

But he declined to give any details about the buyers or the sale figure. “The public should know shortly what the proposed new use of the site will be,” said the spokesman. “It is a matter of watch this space.”

Two unsuccessful attempts were made last summer to dispose of the old library by auction and the target price was reduced from £125,000 to £80,000.

The library served the Bulwell community for nearly 90 years before the final chapter in its long history came to an end on January 21 last year.

A new library is housed in Bulwell’s state-of-the-art £23 million Riverside Centre at the junction of Lower Main Street and Coventry Road, which brings numerous services under one roof.

There has been much speculation among Bulwell residents about what will happen to the old library.

Philip Taylor, of Broomhill Road, said: “I would have thought a lack of parking space could pose quite a big problem with any new development there.”

Meanwhile, the main building of another well-known Bulwell building, the former Henry Mellish School, also on Highbury Road, is set for demolition.

Once a prestigious grammar school for boys, Henry Mellish later became a mixed comprehensive school. But it closed two-and-a-half years ago and pupils moved to the new Bulwell Academy on the site of the former River Leen Comprehensive School.

The council had hoped the principal Henry Mellish building, with its landmark frontage, and the caretaker’s house could be sold to developers for conversion into apartments

But a spokesman said this idea had not borne fruit. He added that the buildings had no economic value and it was hoped that the site, once cleared, may attract developers looking to build family homes.