No sale at auction for Wainfleet’s old RAF control tower

The exterior of the former Wainfleet RAF Control Tower based in Friskney.
The exterior of the former Wainfleet RAF Control Tower based in Friskney.
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The former Wainfleet RAF Control Tower based in Friskney failed to sell at auction yesterday (Wednesday, November 26) after not reaching the guide price.

The guide price of the control tower, currently owned by Will Roughton and Wendy Pitcher, including its five ancillary buildings was set between £300,000 and £350,000 at the auction.

The interior of the Wainfleet RAF lookout tower.

The interior of the Wainfleet RAF lookout tower.

The auction was held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club by Derby-based property auctioneer, Bagshaws Residential.

The historic tower, once a training ground for the famous Dambusters 617 Squadron, ahead of the famous raids in 1943 was expected to attract attention from property developers and collectors alike, with its location near to the coast and ‘stunning views’ over the countryside.

However, after the auction auctioneer Simon Gillibrand said: “Unfortunately the tower did not reach its reserve and didn’t sell today.”

“However the tower attracted an awful lot of attention from both private and commercial parties from right across the East Midlands and negotiations with interested parties are ongoing and the outcome could be different by Friday,” he added.

Located in Friskney, the former control tower site includes the four-storey control tower, a structure which dominates the surrounding landscape, as well as five separate ancillary buildings.

If you are interested in the former RAF site Wainfleet, please contact Bagshaws Residential Auctions on 01332 542296 or email: auctions.derby@sequencehome.co.uk