Moldy school building in East Lothian described as too ‘dangerous’ to see is the subject of a bid


A former primary school that went up for sale for £100,000 despite warnings against viewing inside is up for bid.

Tranent Preschool sat empty for 15 years after closing in 2007.

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It was put on the market by East Lothian Council last summer, but potential buyers have been warned they will need specialist breathing equipment if they want to see inside.

The Category B listed building’s sale details have warned interested parties that internal viewing is “not generally permitted”.

An internal report on the Grade B listed building which examined the presence of mold was offered to potential buyers along with an asbestos survey.

The local authority said the internal tour of the school which was built in 1890 would require visitors to provide their own respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

He said: “The RPE to be worn by visitors to the site during any visit will be based on the risk assessment of the viewers or their employers on the dangers described and identified in the IOM investigation report on the mold.

“East Lothian Council will not grant visits to anyone without the appropriate level of RPE.”

Tranent Nursery School, which closed in 2007, has been a local focus for several years after becoming a magnet for local youngsters.

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The school, which is off Sandersons Wynd in the city, is just outside the Tranent Conservation Area.

A council spokesperson confirmed that the school is currently under bid, although no details of the identity of the new owner are being made public.

They said: “The property has gone to a closing date of November 25, 2021 and is now being offered.”


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