Former media centre for sale
The former ARTTS International training centre in Bubwith, East Yorkshire, is on the market for £1m.
The complex comes with planning permission to convert the existing pig farm buildings into 14 houses and two offices, together with the transformation of the original theatre into a rural enterprise centre.
The sale looks set to quash hopes of resurrecting ARTTS International, the television, radio and stage training centre established by ex-BBC film producer John Sichel in 1990.
Disenchanted with the BBC, who he accused of putting quantity before quality, he and his wife Elfie converted the farm into a professional television, film, theatre and radio teaching facility, with the idea that learning should be by doing, rather than reading.
They created a 200-seat theatre, three television studios, a radio studio and purpose-built accommodation blocks housing 54 bedrooms.
The centre ran for 15 years until Mr Sichel’s death in 2005.
Attempts to continue John Sichel’s legacy were spearheaded by Elfie, their daughters Katrina Sichel and writer and media personality Dr Tanya Byron, together with former graduate Derek Donohue and Geoffrey Bicker.
It closed five years ago and was sold to property developers John Quinlan and Steve Hazell. They were also keen to resurrect the media training centre on the Howden to York Road, but are now selling up.
Miles Lawrence, of York property consultancy Lawrence Hannah, said: “This is the most amazing opportunity. It is a unique facility, in a wonderful, picturesque setting, which deserves to be revitalised for continued use as a commercial or residential complex.”
Information: Lawrence Hannah on 01904 659800.