ONE of Hove’s most striking landmarks, the British Engineerium, is on the market after its owner was jailed for a nine months.

Property developer Mike Holland, who bought the building in 2006, was found guilty of manslaughter last year when a carpenter, David Clark, who had been working on one of his properties, fell and died

The Engineerium, which is a Grade II listed building, had previously been undergoing renovation work as Mr Holland intended to re-open it as a museum and education centre.

It was reported he paid £2 million for the building and another £1 million for its contents. It is closed to the public and was being restored and extended by the British Engineerium Trust.

Now, with 33,625sqft of floor space in more than two acres of land, the site is up for sale with Oakley Property for an undisclosed sum.

It is being advertised by the estate agent as a potential space for leisure, business or education.

Chris Oakley, from Oakley Property, said: “The Engineerium is a major historic heritage site that we are very humbled to be involved with.

“It would be wonderful if a new investor could continue with the plans of the existing owner; completing the themed attraction in full, particularly as the site is very close to many primary and secondary schools.

“The steam engines and other parts of the original buildings are Grade II listed and must remain, however, the site does also lend itself well to other uses such as an inspiring media centre, or a unique multi concession leisure and dining experience.”

The buildings date back to the 19th century, when the site opened as the Goldstone Pumping Station to provide homes with clean water.

It was designed by engineer Thomas Hawkesley who, during his career, campaigned for and completed some 150 water supply schemes.

By 1872 the station was pumping 12,000,000 litres of water every day and made a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of the population. The site continues to provide water drawn up through the chalk tunnels Mr Hawkesley excavated.