The former Ilkeston Register Office has been bought at auction by a couple who plan to spruce it up and convert it into a house.
Michelle and Allen Taylor, from Chellaston, placed the top bid of £140,000 to win the Lord Haddon Road building at an auction in Derby on April 16.
This is their first property renovation project and it will also be featured on Homes Under the Hammer.
Michelle said: “We could tell that the building was well loved, it had a great feeling inside. We really didn’t think we’d get it - I was quite surprised as there had been a lot of people looking around. Eventually we got it and everyone wanted to ask us questions but all I wanted was a cup of tea after that.”
“Obviously we are going to do it up. It hasn’t got a bathroom or a big kitchen at the moment.
“The idea was to sell it on but I think we are going to rent it out for now as a family home.
“ There are three big reception rooms downstairs, one will be turned into a kitchen. There is a bit more work that needs doing and we will be looking towards local tradesmen to give us a hand decorating, plastering and putting carpets in.”
She said they had had their eye on the building ahead of the auction, and hoped that their daughters would help out with the renovation project.
She is hoping to find someone who can replicate a stained glass window in the upstairs of the building so one can be fitted at the entrance.
The building has stood empty since services were moved to Ilkeston Town Hall.
It was auctioned at the iPro Stadium at a guide price of £70,000 to £80,000 by Graham Penny Auctions, following instructions from Derbyshire County Council.
It sold for double that after a bidding war.