AN AUCTIONEER from Penarth is set to sell a landmark Barry building as it goes under the hammer in Cardiff.

Marc Morrish, director and auctioneer at Auction House South Wales, is hoping that bidders will take an avid interest in the former Amy Evans health centre after the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board declared it surplus to requirement.

The vacant property, listed with a guide price of £200,000 to £240,000, will be auctioned by Auction House South Wales, in the Village Hotel, Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff, at 5pm on Wednesday, February 12.

The Amy Evans, in Holton Road, Barry, was previously a hotel before it became an NHS facility.

Marc Morrish, director and auctioneer at Auction House South Wales, auctioned off The Barry Docks Cons and holds the Welsh record price for a lot when a Cardiff Council property went for £1.6m – one million above the guide price.

Mr Morrish said he was alerted to the property when marketing agent Savills reported that a sale had fallen through.

He said: “It’s a lovely old building – ideal for residential or commercial business.

“It’s a great location – close to the town centre.

“It’s one of those properties that stand out – it’s got a nice look.

“Interest has been very good.

“I’ll be pleased we’ve done the job for the NHS.”

The Amy Evans is described as a substantial prominent corner building having pointed brick elevations beneath a mainly pitched slate and flat roof.

It measures around 9,490 sq. ft/881.68 sq. m over three floors plus a basement.

In 2019 Barry was appointed a hot spot for property growth.

When Amy Evans died in March 1925 the voluntary hospital had existed for more than 25 years.

Specifically set up by Amy to care for sick, poor, and destitute sailors, it was completely supported by voluntary donations.

She trained at St Mary’s Hospital, in London before she came to Barry.

By 1925 more than 3,000 patients had been treated in the hospital - more than half the patients being sailors.

Amy Evans died suddenly on March 5, 1925 - after a short illness.

Her death was described by the press as a sad blow to the sick and destitute poor among whom she was seen as a Florence Nightingale.

A Cardiff and Vale University Health Board spokesman said: “The Amy Evans building was declared surplus by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board following the relocation of the community mental health team to Barry Hospital.

“The receipt from the building’s sale will be retained by the Health Board and reinvested into its wider estate.”

A second viewing opportunity will take place from 1pm to 1.30pm on Friday, February 7.