A FORMER church building in the centre of Irvine currently being used as a community centre has been put up for sale.

The Church of Scotland is seeking a buyer for the old St Paul's Church at 'The Gate'.

Only a stone's throw from the Rivergate Shopping Centre, the Gothic style building consists of a large cafe area, two meeting/office rooms, one store, a kitchen and ladies and gents toilets on the basement floor.

The ground floor houses a large hall, an ante room and a vestibule, with a former gallery space located on the first floor.

Their property listing states: "The church is not listed and is believed to fall within class 11 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) order 1997 as it is currently used as a community centre.

"In addition to its current use, it is possible it could be used as cinema, concert hall, bingo hall, dance hall, swimming bath, skating rink, gymnasium or area for other indoor or outdoor sports, without the necessity of obtaining planning permission for change of use.

"Prospective purchasers should, however, satisfy themselves in this respect.

"The property is well positioned for local amenities including: Rivergate shopping centre, restaurants, superstores, café, hotels, parks as well as primary and secondary schooling."

The church has been brought to the market with an asking price of offers over £80,000.

There is currently no closing date for bids, and any offers are to be submitted in writing, through a solicitor, to the Church of Scotland.

The property listing can be found in full online via the 'buildings for sale' section of the Church of Scotland website.