Following the planning consent we achieved for our client these listed hospital buildings designed by Gilbert Scott were converted into 32 residential apartments. An additional 12 houses were then designed and built to enhance the Grade II building and to maximise site potential.
Having completed this first phase of development, we then won detailed planning permission for a further phase of flats and houses in line with the outline consent achieved in July 2000.
As part of the scheme an ugly ten-storey accommodation block was demolished and the adjacent hill dug out by three storeys to reduce the height and impact of the new building. The old hospital serves to all but screen the presence of the new build development behind.
The second development stage comprised 60 flats and eight houses, disposed mainly in two and three storeys around three sides of a courtyard. This, and the use of an appropriate palette of materials, aimed to create small ‘individual’ elements, in keeping with the historic townscape.