Major college campus in Sussex put up for sale

A major college campus with development potential in Worthing, West Sussex has been put up for sale with property consultancy Vail Williams.

Williams is inviting freehold bids for the 5.9-acre Northbrook College Broadwater Campus site. The owner, Chichester College Group, is selling the campus in order to consolidate its provision in Worthing and facilitate investment in its existing West Durrington and Worthing sites.

The site, with buildings totalling approximately 118,489 sq ft, is in a prime central urban location just to the north of the town centre.

The vendors are seeking the freehold sale of the whole site (consideration to sale in part) with a strong preference for unconditional offers. The bid deadline is 2pm on Thursday 7 March.

On site is an established educational college campus with a combination of new-build and fully refurbished legacy buildings, along with some unused buildings to the west of the site.

To the rear of the site, there is green space, a sports court, engineering workshops and around 130 car parking spaces.

The premises will continue to be occupied as a college until September 2025 with the vendors taking a short leaseback up to that date.

In the future, Chichester College Group intends to deliver Northbrook College courses at its other college locations in the Worthing area, including Northbrook’s West Durrington campus and Worthing College. All existing provisions will continue in the area as long as there is demand.

Vail Williams partner Steve Berrett said: “This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a rarely available educational facility in an affluent and growing Sussex town, located just 11 miles west of Brighton.

“Worthing’s unique location, being nestled between the South Downs and the sea, creates an attractive redevelopment proposition.

“The site will likely appeal to a wide range of purchasers and end users, including educational providers, care homes, property investors, and alternative commercial occupiers looking to take advantage of the existing building accommodation.

“There are excellent redevelopment and repositioning opportunities here, subject to planning, with three positively received, architect-designed pre-application masterplan options for educational, care home and residential uses.”

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