The former Keighley College building on North Street has been put up for sale.

Bradford Council is inviting tenders for the four-storey building at the junction with Cavendish Street.

It wants the building to remain standing rather than be demolished and has suggested in the advertisement that it could be for education.

The smaller neighbouring college building bordered by Cavendish Street and Henry Street is not for sale.

A footbridge connecting the two buildings is due to be removed before the sale goes through.

The North Street building, on the site of the former Mechanics Institute and the Keighley Grammar School, is a mix of 1960s concrete and Victorian stone.

The building was originally Keighley Technical College and later Keighley College, which in 2007 merged with Park Lane College Leeds then later became part of Leeds City College.

Students and staff moved to the new £35 million Keighley Campus, next to the railway station, in September 2010.

After that part of the old building was used by Bradford Council departments but most of the rooms stood empty.

The building was bought by the Council in advance of the Keighley Campus move, using about £3.8 million provided by the Government The Council is telling potential buyers that the North Street building, which is in a conservation area, is permitted to be used for education.

The building is described as a substantial group of educational buildings dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s occupying one of the most prominent sites in Keighley. It also has a 27 space car park and a boiler house.

A Bradford Council spokesman said there were no definite plans at the moment for the smaller college building on Cavendish Street.

The Council’s regeneration chief Councillor David Green has said the long-term plan is still to demolish the building if no alternative can be found.