A HISTORIC building right in the heart of Skipton has been put on the market - for more than one million pounds.

The Craven College building, on the High Street, is being sold as the college is looking to place the majority of its courses at its edge-of- town site next to the auction mart.

Hair, beauty and catering courses will move from the centre of town to the Aireville Campus, which has recently seen the opening of a new £1.6 million animal management centre.

Tyro Training, the college subsidiary which provides training directly to businesses and employees, has also recently moved from the centre of town to the college’s main campus.

The sale is being conducted by property consultancy DE Commercial, which is inviting offers of £1,025,000 for the three-storey property.

The building could become a bar, restaurant, office, retail or be converted into homes - subject to planning consent.

DE Commercial managing director Richard Heslop said: “This is a unique development opportunity in the Skipton area, as this historic building is suitable for a variety of uses.

“The location is superb, right in the heart of Skipton, and the impressive façade gives the property real character. It is a statement building.

“The property backs on the Leeds-Liverpool canal and is close to Skipton Castle and Skipton Town Hall. Skipton also boasts excellent transport links.

“Internally, there are modern facilities for both fully operational hair and beauty salons and catering kitchens and a restaurant. These facilities are complemented by ancillary accommodation which includes classrooms, offices and storage, together with a social area for students.”

Craven College Andrew Cropley said: “Through focusing our activity at the Aireville Campus and Auction Mart Campus the college is able to provide all our students with access to the best facilities possible and the widest range of services to support them. It has been the ambition of the college over the last seven years to concentrate its activities at Aireville and Auction Mart campuses.”