Maghera police station being sold off
A FORMER police station has gone on sale for £225,000 in Co Londonderry.
The station at Coleraine Road in Maghera is being sold off by commercial property firm Lambert Smith Hampton.
It’s one of a dozen EX-PSNI stations which are due to be sold off as part of new cost-saving measures.
The stations at Aughnacloy, Ballyclare, Ballynahinch, Castlederg, Cushendall, Maghera, Moira, Portaferry, Tandragee, Warrenpoint, Willowfield and York Road in Belfast are already closed to the public and do not have officers or staff working in them.
It’s thought the move will generate an estimated £1.5m for the Northern Ireland Policing Board, which owns the police estate, and result in annual savings of about £600,000.
The Maghera site includes almost 10,000 sq ft of building space, sitting on 0.69 acres of land.
Lambert Smith Hampton says it is “suitable for refurbishment, residential and, or, commercial development”, subject to the suitable planning law.
A three-year strategy for the police estate also includes plans to invest in three new police stations at Armagh, Cookstown and Ballymena, the redevelopment of facilities at the Police College in Garnerville, and a new custody provision in Craigavon and the Waterside in Londonderry.
Last year, a large former police station on the Ormeau Road in south Belfast was also sold to an undisclosed buyer. A number of former police stations have gone on the market in Northern Ireland in recent years, with some even being sold at auction.
In 2011, a former station in Coagh in Co Tyrone was sold at auction for £54,000 — £9,000 above the asking price.
That year, the PSNI said it wanted to close 34 police stations out of 83.