Water tower could become Doncaster’s most unusual home

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Here is a weird and wonderful Doncaster des-res which most certainly has full running water.

And prospective tenants will need a head for heights if they are the lucky homeowner to get their hands on one of Doncaster’s most unusual properties

Bawtry Water Tower is up for grabs – and is set to become one of the town’s most talked about homes.

Estate agent William H Brown is offering budding designers and property developers an exciting opportunity to transform the local landmark, on Great North Road with a view over the historic town.

The structure has been given planning consent to be transformed for residential use and is set to be a project worthy of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man for whoever takes on this formidable structure.

Current owner Terry Hodgkingson has gained planning permission for the tower to be converted for residential use.

The plans in place are sympathetic to the design of the tower and its setting, incorporating a separate tower for access and spectacular views over the surrounding landscape.

Clare Johnson, Bawtry branch manager, said: “This is such an exciting project.

“Clearly Bawtry Tower is going to attract a certain type of buyer, potentially someone who is an existing property developer with the experience to take on a property of this type.

“Whoever can realise the potential of the tower will end up with a property which is both unique and striking.”

The plans outline a four-bedroom property with about 2,300 sq feet of living space over two floors.

The water tank itself, plus the space beneath this will make up the two floors of the property, plus an expansive, circular balcony which will offer extensive views.

The plans for the tower, which is available for £150,000, also have lift access to the entrance level, space for four bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and dining room, lounge with balcony as well as a study and utility room.

The brochure describes the tower as having the ‘wow factor’ and says the structure, built in 1929, contains art deco features and styling.

When the tower was originally built, planning notes said: “The tower shall be erected in such a manner as far as reasonably possible as to be not unpleasant to the eye and not an ugly blot on the landscape.”

In developing the scheme, the architects have left the existing structure untouched as far as possible and developed a scheme using a separate tower for access and reusing the tank and the section below for development of the residential unit.

The architects have taken examples of detail from that period, applied it in their design in the additions of the lift and staircase column and rotunda garage, as well as period insertions of windows, glazing and doors in particular, taking detailing from Morecambe’s Midland Hotel, built in 1933.

For details, call William H Brown on 01302 710735.