Unique Property Bulletin 18 March 2012

An Ordinary Building? Yes – Magical? Yes

Twickenham Film Studios (c) 2012 Christine Johnstone.

This very ordinary lump of building does not seem unique. A listed building it is unlikely ever to become. However, it is with a lot of sadness and the loss of a great deal of history and cinematic magic that these, the Twickenham Film Studios are closing down.

It is going out in the reflected glory of a golden Oscar awarded to Meryl Streep barely months ago, and historically for this film studio by the bucket load over many years. Recently used for hit films The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, and War Horse, the iconic film works has gone into administration. The earlier building that stood here looked more iconic, but both are important in what they stand for. The entertainment and wonder produced within these walls.

The original Twickenham Film Studios (c) Twickenham Film Studios Ltd.

A concise history and fabulous film CV can be found at this link….


The gentleman acting on behalf of the administrative receiver, Mr Gerald Krasner, has indicated the Twickenham Film Studios are likely to be redeveloped to housing. So unique property househunters, here is the heads-up for you to make something extra-ordinary out of something that looks all too ordinary.

Like the film industry, the best is left to the imagination. We will keep you updated as to what happens with this property. For now, any further enquiries should be directed to Mr Gerald Krasner, Administrative Receiver, Twickenham Film Studios Ltd., The Barons, St Margarets, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 2AW.

Contact Page: http://www.begbies-traynorgroup.com/default/contact-us.aspx

Email: gerald.krasner at begbies-traynor dot com

Or telephone: 0845 678 2910.

If that proves problematic, just email us via the Unique Property WebsiteContact Page and we shall do our best to help progress matters.

Here is one of the last pieces of cinema magic to be helped on the way to the big screen by Twickenham Film Studios…

From the film War Horse (C) 2012 Dreamworks & Amblin.


Floating House II

Almost Floating House (c) 2012 Lows, Orkney.


Apologies for this. Waterside property is a bit of a fixation on the website. Comes from living by the sea for too long! If you haven’t tried it, you might like to think about living by the sea. Or as with this one, on the sea. Here we have another house so close to the water, it almost floats. Having worked in harbour office on a pier, it is the most sublime feeling. Very recommendable.

This little gem has a story to tell. Anyone who has been to Orkney is usually enchanted with the place. It is easy to fall in love with.

This house is at 10 Gray’s Noust, Stromness on Orkney. A town that feels more like Norway than anywhere in the British Isles. The whole place is unique. Not just one or two buildings. A visit, especially in the summer, with the midnight daylight, or off season at darker nights with the world famous Aurora Borealis – Orkney is a must to visit on the “to do” list of life.

A Real Treat – The Aurora Borealis (c) 2012 Martin Collins.

Our house on the water is at a very special price too, having recently been reduced to £79,500.


Vestibule: 4’ x 3’. UPVC framed front door with double glazed panel featuring coloured glass and lead design, airing cupboard, door into hall.

Hall: 6’1″ x 5’1″ + 3’11″ x3’1″. Window, walk-in cupboard housing meter and fuse box, storage heater.

Livingroom/Kitchen: 18’2″ x 10’8″. 2 windows, storage heater, built-in shelved cupboard in living area, fitted floor cupboards in kitchen area, work top surfaces, stainless steel sink, cooker point, plumbing for a washing machine, phone point.

Bathroom: 6’2″ x 5’10″. Window, 3 piece white suite, electric shower over bath.

Bedroom: 13’11″ x 9’7″. Window, storage heater, built-in wardrobe.

Services: Mains services. Telephone (disconnected).

Tenure: Feuhold (Freehold equivalent).

Guide: Offers over £79,500.

Telephone Lows Agency: 01856 873151

Online Brochure ….



Former Fire Station

Brinklow Fire Station (c) 2012 The Excellent Kevin Hale.

This interesting proposition is situated at Heath Lane, Brinklow, Rugby, CV23 0NR, and is the former Brinklow Fire Station.

We had problems downloading the details, and worse, seller and/or agent put “Offers Invited”.

As buyers, we firmly believe this is a profound mistake. The MAJORITY of people we speak to need some price idea or guide. Anyone selling a building does themselves a great disservice by leaving the price off. Many buyers just “skip over” such unpriced items and sales are lost. This is all the more a sin as the building here is owned by the taxpayer!

Further details, please contact Warwickshire County Council.

The site extends to approximately 0.24 acres with a Detached Fire Station and related accommodation.

This is a fine looking piece of property. Anyone interested, please contact the council direct, or ourselves via our website Contact Page.

If anyone does manage to encourage the council to give an idea of price sought, please can they let us know so we can share it with our other readers. Many thanks.


Conservative Club

Former Conservative Club (c) 2012 Symonds & Sampson.

The former Dorchester Conservative Club premises at South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1DT.

Reportedly purchased in 1964 by the local Conservative Association for £30,000, in recent months Oliver Letwin MP’s constituency heart has seen very hard times with debts of £142,000 including a £19,000 electricity bill. We thought ours was high! Poor old Tories. Mr Letwin MP, denies any knowledge.

Dorset Echo_Conservative_Club/

The idea of £800,000 value was discussed, but a more pragmatic price tag of £595,000 has been put onto it.

A substantial site with vacant possession on the edge of Dorchester town centre, extending to 0.33 acres (0.13 hectares). Suitable for residential conversion and/or a variety of commercial uses, subject to necessary planning consents.

Tenure: Freehold – Full Vacant Possession Will be Given.

Guide: £595,000.

Telephone Symonds & Sampson Agency: 01305 264172.


Gone Nuts

Three Squirrels (c) 2012 Allsop Auctioneers.

No reflection on the previous entry for the Conservative Club. This former Public House represents spectacular value for money. Over 11 acres. A place to live and work. We also know from our own empty building opening initiatives at http://realdragonsden.com/ (new website currently being uploaded) that former public houses can be revitalised to very exciting unique lifestyles. This one is known as:-

Three Squirrels
Stockbury Valley

General Details:

Accommodation: The property was not internally inspected by the auctioneer. The following information was supplied by the Vendor.

Ground Floor – Public Bar, Lounge Bar, Central Bar servery, Further Room, Toilet facilities, Kitchen

First Floor – Seven Rooms, Bathroom, Toilet

Site Area Approximately – 4.635 Hectares (11.454 Acres)

Location: The property is situated on the north side of the A249 to the south of its junction with the M2 Motorway. Sittingbourne is located approximately 4.5 miles to the north whilst Maidstone is approximately 7 miles to the south. The property is highly visible to passing traffic.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £100,000

Auction Date: 29th March 2012 Auction

Remember to keep an eye on this as a veritable bargain if it fails to sell at auction.

Online Brochure ….




Water Pumping Station

Water Pumping Station (c) 2012 John Francis & Co.

This is an interesting building at Henfeddau, Tegryn, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire, SA35 0DB.

Situated off a track in a rural location. A former water pumping station that has potential for altrernate use, subject to discussions with the local planning authority.

Water Pumping Station (c) 2012 John Francis & Co.

The building is of traditional construction and stands in a private location within large area currently laid to lawn.. The building is sold as it stands with interested buyers invited to negotiate terms and to make their own enquiries to the local authority for a change of use.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £60,000.

Agent: John Francis – Tel: 01239 612080.

Online Brochure ….