Motherwell’s historic YMCA building in Brandon Street has been sold for the bargain price of £75,000.
The Grade B-listed building, designed by Craigneuk-born architect Alexander Cullen, is the only remaining example of Jacobethan architecture.
Opened in 1898 it closed its doors in 2007 due to a lack of funding and just three years ago was expected to fetch £175,000 at auction.
However, no buyers were forthcoming and as the building fell further into disrepair , mainly due to a leaky roof, the price fell.
An undisclosed buyer approached Auction House Scotland recently and a deal was struck.
Although the identity of the buyer remains unknown the Motherwell Times understands they intend to turn the building into a carpet showroom.
Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke said: “I am delighted the YMCA has finally been sold, we don’t have many historic buildings left in the town and this was a beautiful example so it was such a shame to watch it crumble before our eyes and I wish the new owners luck and any help I can offer as they start work.”