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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 September 2005, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Entire Bath crescent up for sale
Somerset Place, Bath
Somerset Place could fetch up to 10m when sold
An entire Georgian crescent in Bath - made up of 16 apartments and townhouses - is being put up for sale.

Somerset Place, close to the famous Royal Crescent and The Circus, is a grade I listed structure.

The premises are owned by Bath Spa University and are used to house students. The proceeds of the sale will be used to build a new campus.

The crescent, designed and built by John Everleigh in 1790, is expected to fetch up to 10m.

Professor Frank Morgan, from Bath Spa University, said: "These buildings, although beautiful in themselves, are really not suitable for the university's future and are very expensive to maintain.

"The size of the rooms and the way they relate to each other are very restrictive for teaching purposes.

"The building's listed status makes the installation of ICT (computer) equipment very difficult and disabled access is far from ideal."

Richard Rees, from property firm Savills, said he was expecting interest from around the world in Somerset Place.

"A sale of this nature is likely to generate considerable interest not only locally, but nationally and internationally. We are anticipating some busy weeks ahead."

The freehold of the site is being offered for sale and offers should be made by 15 November.

See inside the Georgian crescent

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