WORCESTER'S landmark YMCA hostel has been put up for sale.

The Grade II-listed building in Henwick Road, St John's, has been a lifeline to the city's homeless community since 1957, providing vital accommodation and support services to countless people.

But now the prominent Victorian building is on the market for an asking price of £1,450,000, as YMCA Worcestershire looks to relocate into more modern accommodation in the city.

YMCA Worcestershire, which owns the imposing, Gothic-style structure, says it plans to lease the property back temporarily once it has been sold, meaning none of the 60 residents will be made homeless while it searches for new premises.

It is understood the 15 members of staff who currently work at the premises will not lose their jobs, but will be relocated following the sale.

A spokesman for YMCA Worcestershire said: "We can confirm that our site in Henwick Road has been put up for sale while we search for alternative accommodation in the local area.

"It is our vision that YMCA moves forward in Worcestershire, providing modern facilities needed by the local community as well as accommodation better suited to the needs of the young people we support.

"Part of this involves creating modern ‘campus-style’ housing that encourages our residents to take on training, education and employment opportunities available to them as they seek to move into independent living.

"Staff, volunteers and residents have been communicated with throughout this process.

"We are committed to providing accommodation and community facilities in Worcester for many years to come and we hope our move from Henwick Road will help secure the future of our YMCA in the long-term."

The decision to sell was made earlier this year, however it is understood discussions about a potential sale have been ongoing for a couple of years.

The property is being sold by Andrew Grant Estate Agents.