KNUTSFORD’s most iconic building, ‘the gem in the town’s crown’, will soon be on the market for a new tenant.

Knutsford Town Council owns 60 King Street, a grade 2* listed building, which includes the Gaskell Memorial Tower.

The council is seeking a new tenant for the vacant building, and has appointed Knutsford-based estate agents Savills to undertake the search.

The council will consider a range of options for the building’s use.

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Built in the early 20th century by Richard Harding Watt, the building was gifted to the town council by the late Watt’s wife in the 1910s.

Originally a coffee house and council offices, the property had been home since 1974 until this summer to La Belle Epoque.

The restaurant and wedding venue vacated the building in June following a long-running dispute with the town council.

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The property has two function rooms, seven en-suite bedrooms, offices, staff bedrooms and a restaurant kitchen and dining space. It includes an outdoor terrace and small garden.

Town clerk Adam Keppel-Green said: “60 King Street is the gem in the town’s crown, and we are looking to find a tenant that recognises this and is up to the challenge of managing this incredible building.

“Whilst it’s in need of refurbishment it has huge potential for the right business.

Knutsford Guardian:

“The enthusiasm of Savills in bringing the property to market impressed the council and this, coupled with their large national leisure and retail division, saw them appointed as agent.

“Any inquiries from potential tenants should be made to Savills’ Knutsford office.

“The new tenant will be taking on a full repairing and insuring lease and be responsible for the upkeep of the town’s key landmark.

“The town council’s Assets and Operations committee decided to leave options open, and will consider a range of options of the building’s use.”

Savills in Princess Street can be contacted by calling 01565 632618.