Bank goes un­der the ham­mer

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Go­ing, go­ing – has it gone? writes Kathie Grif­fiths. Camp­bel­town’s for­mer Royal Bank of Scot­land was due to go un­der the ham­mer at auc­tion this week. The C-listed tra­di­tional stone build­ing had a start­ing price of around £85,000. The old bank, in the town’s con­ser­va­tion area, was built around 1885 by the renowned Scot­tish ar­chi­tect Charles Kin­n­ear. On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon bid­ders at Glas­gow’s Trades Hall were in­vited to show their in­ter­est in it. The auc­tion was on­go­ing as the Camp­bel­town Courier went to press. The prop­erty in Castle­hill only took up the ground floor of the two-storey build­ing. Auc­tion­eer Shaun Vigers, who is a direc­tor of SVA Prop­erty Auc­tions, said: ‘This prop­erty is well placed on Castle­hill in the town and of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for a buyer to de­velop an at­trac­tive prop­erty for of­fice or re­tail use or, if the nec­es­sary con­sents are ob­tained, to res­i­den­tial use.’ Out of the 26 lots open to of­fers, 14 of them were for­mer banks. Camp­bel­town’s RBS shut on May 29 this year and work­men wasted no time in start­ing to dis­man­tle it. A re­port in the Camp­bel­town Courier on June 1 said de­spite des­per­ate pleas from politi­cians and busi­nesses try­ing to get the ma­jor­ity state-owned bank to pull back from the brink, RBS bosses pressed ahead with their plans.

The for­mer bank build­ing had a start­ing price of around £85,000.

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