The historic site of the former Pentre Barracks has been sold at auction for a second time in less than a year, with the winning bid far exceeding the initial guide price of £135,000. The property at Griffith Street, Pentre, fetched £185,000 thanks to intense bidding both in the room and over the phone.
Less than one year ago Rhondda MP, Chris Bryant, called for the site to be kept within the community by leading a campaign to allow the former barracks to become the new home of Rhondda Sea Cadets. Mr Bryant’s campaign included a last-ditch attempt to persuade the Ministry of Defence to give the site to the Cadets rather than send it to auction. After an unsuccessful bid, the property then sold at auction for £126,000.
The property, which attracted huge interest, is accessed across a single-track railway line is set in five acres of land which includes four single storey building previously used as a classroom, storage unit and rifle range as well as a former armoury, drill hall garages and accommodation.
Paul Fosh of Paul Fosh Auctions, the auctioneers who sold off the site to a private buyer, said “The barracks would be ideal for a number of uses including outdoor pursuit centre, hotel, bed and breakfast, industrial unit storage or scope for residential all subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.”
Mr Fosh added:
“The lot created a great deal of interest from a number of parties before the sale and on the night of the auction and after some strong bidding in the room and over the phone the property was eventually sold for £185,000.”
Paul Fosh Auctions are set to hold another sale at Cardiff’s Park Inn Hotel on Thursday 20th July.