The Lamorbey Baths site has served as a local landmark in Sidcup since the 1960s, when a former cinema was converted to provide a public swimming pool. After over 40 years of service the baths were closed in 2008; replaced by a new leisure centre on Hurst Road.
Our clients, Rose Bruford College, acquired the property from Bexley Council in 2012, and had intended to develop a new performing arts facility with student accommodation above.
The opportunity to secure a considerable number of student rooms elsewhere in Sidcup then arose, and funds were invested in the performance space on the existing College campus. The baths site was therefore surplus to requirements.
We provided advice to Rose Bruford on several occasions over the years, and they had also received a number of direct offers to sell the site.
Once the decision was made to pursue a sale, the Principal and Governors appointed us to manage the process. We revisited the direct approaches, and simultaneously undertook a high profile, national marketing campaign. A host of offers were received on wide-ranging terms, but ultimately an unconditional sale was concluded to developers Montreaux, who will be promoting a mixed-use development.