Legat Owen The Friars Chester

Legal Owen has let The Friars to Chester's Abbey School on beha;lf of a private client. Credit: Legat Owen

Historic 8,000 sq ft Chester site let to school

Legat Owen has agreed the lease of The Friars to the city’s independent Abbey School on behalf of a private client.

Located off White Friars within the City Walls the premises comprises 7,924 sq ft, with the main building grade two-listed and surrounded by a walled garden.

Also included in the deal is a former coach house/stables, with the school looking to undertake a major refurbishment of the property to cater to its pupils.

The Abbey School opened four years ago for young people with autism who may have additional learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Tom Creer, associate director, Legat Owen added: “We are delighted that such a special building will be providing a unique environment to nurture and care for young people.

“The building is such a proud part of Chester’s history.”

Barnabas Borbely, founder and chief executive of Abbey School, added: “Abbey School is thrilled to acquire such a great historic building in Chester city centre.

“The Friars is a beautiful addition to our growing property portfolio of prestigious buildings and once fully renovated it will live up to our school’s ethos and values: offering the best possible learning environment for our pupils in order to unlock their full potential.”

Dating back to circa 1290, from 1667 The Friars site was occupied by Sir John Vanbrugh, designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.

The current building was built in 1742 and since 1792 was occupied by solicitors Cullimore Dutton until they moved premises in the city two years ago.

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