We have been instructed as sales agent for one of Sunderland’s most impressive churches, West Park United Reformed Church.
We are inviting offers for the freehold interest in the imposing Grade II listed building, situated on the junction of Stockton Road and Cowan Terrace, with a guide price of £385,000.
The 12,500 sq ft church dates back to 1883 and benefits from a central Sunderland location close to Sunderland University, The Civic Centre and Park Lane Transport Interchange.
Inside, the church provides a full height worship hall, floor seating and an upper gallery. The building is also equipped with meeting rooms, a kitchen and WC facilities. A stunning original Renaissance-style pipe organ, which is in full working order, sits on the first floor overlooking the main hall.
Originally built as a Sunday school, the building retains many of its original features, with a rock-faced stone exterior, stone gable copings, stained glass windows and a functioning clock and bell tower. The central pulpit is made of fine ashlar stone and features green marble with decorative Northern Italian-style carving. Gothic-style detail can be seen throughout the building in cast-iron piers with octagonal bases and stair balustrades with twisted cast-iron balusters.
Currently used as a performance venue and place of worship West Park United Reformed Church could be converted for a wide range of uses, subject to relevant planning consent.
Sanderson Weatherall’s head of commercial agency, Robert Patterson said: “West Park United Reformed Church presents a rare opportunity for commercial conversion in an enviable city centre location. This historic building sits on a large corner plot and boasts many features and benefits that lend it very well to a range of community uses or use as permanent music venue thanks to its superb acoustics.”
The property lies a short distance from the A1231 which routes through Sunderland to the A19, providing easy access to the north and south motorway networks.