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Former north-east coastguard station could enjoy new lease of life as it goes up for auction

The former coastguard station at Gardenstown will go under the hammer next week
The former coastguard station at Gardenstown will go under the hammer next week

A former Coastguard station with views across the Moray Firth is expected to sell for at least £30,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The Gardenstown base has lain empty since the emergency service volunteers moved out of the building when the rescue team merged with Banff in 2017.

The 341sqft structure sits on Gamrie Brae and looks out across the village and its picturesque bay.

Title deeds show it has been owned by the Marine and Coastguard Agency and its forerunners since the 1900s.

Now the station could be handed a new lease of life when it goes up for auction in England.

Documents sent out to prospective buyers detail the 0.16 acre site, which features storage space and a toilet – and has “possible potential for a variety of alternative uses”.

Photographs show the empty white building as well as its small concrete driveway and the grass surrounding it.

The building still has the Marine and Coastguard Agency sign above its blue rolling door.

The coastal landmark will go under the hammer at an auction at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane in London on Thursday, May 30.

Ross Greenhill, Coastguard area commander for Aberdeen, said the service vacated the premises after it was deemed not to be fit for their needs.

He said the move came about after the team ran into difficulties attracting new recruits from Gardenstown to sign up.

Mr Greenhill said: “HM Coastguard moved out of the building in October 2017.

“The Gardenstown Coastguard Rescue Team was merged with the team at nearby Banff due to difficulties in recruiting new members, and the building no longer being suitable for use as a modern station.”

The potential sale of the Gardenstown base comes as the Coastguard doubles the number of rescue volunteers in Banff from eight to 16.

The crew will also be soon moving out of their base in Banff once a new larger site has been built in nearby Macduff.

For more information about the auction people can visit

https://auctions.allsop.co.uk/lot-overview/detached-former-coastguard-rescue-station-in-banff/R190530-227#legal

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