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Margate's Royal School for Deaf Children site up for sale

By Extra reporter

The Royal School for Deaf Children site has gone up for sale.

The school closed nearly a year ago after The John Townsend Trust, which ran the school, went into administration.

In one of Margate’s largest land sales in recent years, the former site of the UK’s oldest deaf school, the Royal School for Deaf Children which dates back to 1876, has been placed on the market.

The site in the centre of Margate is outlined in red
The site in the centre of Margate is outlined in red

The 14.7-acre site on Victoria Road and Park Crescent Road, close to Margate town centre, is being marketed by property consultant Eddisons on behalf of the school’s trustees.

The site features around 120,000 sq ft of school buildings, including former student housing, hydrotherapy pool and gym.

Eddisons director James Liddimen said: “We are marketing the site on either a conditional basis, where we will work with a buyer to bring forward their vision for the site, or on a more straightforward unconditional basis.

“While there are a number of potential options and uses for the land, all of which will be explored, including an ongoing educational use, we suspect the strongest demand will emanate from residential developers.”

The Royal School for Deaf Children
The Royal School for Deaf Children

Along with the main school buildings, there are 10 residential buildings, all of which have been adapted or constructed for supported living or residential care, sports fields, a sensory garden and playgrounds.

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