For­mer me­dia cen­tre for sale

Yorkshire Post - Property - - NEWS -

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.

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