A Grade II-listed landmark next to High Wycombe railway station is set to be bought by Wycombe District Council amid plans to revamp the area. 

The Brunel engine shed is set to be purchased by the council as it plans to regenerate the "eastern quarter" of the town. 

The structure is currently owned by Chiltern Railways, but with no plans on the horizon to revamp the building, the district council has decided to press on with a compulsory purchase order to take over the shed. 

In this week’s cabinet meeting, councillor Steve Broadbent, Wycombe District Council’s cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, set out the council’s vision to create a station square as an important gateway into the town. 

Despite improvements made by Chiltern Railways to the area directly outside the station, councillors commented how the next thing people see is the "derelict" Brunel shed. 

The iconic building was built by famous Victorian railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the nineteenth century.

Cllr Broadbent said the building could become the "focal point" of a new station square. 

He insisted the building will not be demolished, adding that it will be brought back into use for the community and could become a base for start-up businesses and community groups. 

The compulsory purchase order process normally takes around 18 months. 

Work to bring the building back into use could take between six to 12 months after that.