Work to transform a derelict hospital in Shrewsbury into luxury apartments and houses has reached the midway point.
The team from Shropshire Homes is now working on the Central Hall, which used to be the main entrance into the building. The hall is part of the Victorian-era Heritage Buildings, which are the centre piece of this iconic development in Bicton Heath.
The Central Hall sits at the heart of the buildings and is flanked by the East and West Wings, which mirror each other. Site manager Ed Beedles explains: “The buildings on one side of Central Hall mirror those on the other side, we are now moving through from the Central Hall to the East Wing and it is great to have reached the half way point in the transformation of this Victorian building.”
Ed started working on the site almost four years ago when he helped to create the first phase of three and four-bedroom houses, that are in the grounds of the former hospital. “When we were working on the new builds it was daunting to think of starting work on the former hospital,” he said. “My background is in refurbishing hospitals, but this is the first time I’ve turned a former hospital into homes. It is a big project, and a massive conversion.
“There is a lot that is unknown until you start taking it apart. Since the buildings are old you can be faced with unexpected problems when you start taking walls down and moving things structurally. There are always issues when working on an old building, but thankfully there have only been design and structural issues – the building has involved a lot of structural work.”
Leighton Park is one of Shrewsbury’s most popular developments, and it’s not surprising when visitors take in the wooded parkland setting, bowling green and cricket pavilion. The luxury homes and apartments may be located just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Shrewsbury, but they provide a breath of fresh air to those home-hunters that are looking for an oasis of calm on the outskirts of this beautiful medieval market town.
Shropshire Homes has created a development of houses and apartments within a selection of stunning Heritage Buildings, which date back to 1845. This means that owners can enjoy spacious and easily managed accommodation in a beautiful setting.
The Grade II Listed building is being preserved with features such as the large sash windows and high ceilings proving popular with buyers. “Because it is Grade II listed, preserving the external features is vital when converting the building into luxury homes. It involves a lot of patience, skill and time from everyone involved, which is a great achievement when having reached the halfway point.” says Ed. “The final phase of the Heritage Buildings is ‘East Wing’ which already mirrors what we have done, so we expect to face the same problems and be prepared for them.
The luxury apartment and houses are located just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Shrewsbury, with its many high street stores, quirky independents and boutique shops. Shrewsbury has plenty to interest visitors including the world’s oldest flower show and sell-out shows at the popular Theatre Severn. There is the chance to enjoy dinner in restaurant rooms that pre-date the Wars of the Roses, or take a stroll down the cobbled streets and find cafes, delis and charming restaurants. By foot or by boat, exploration of the River Severn is a must, as is the castle which dates back to 1070, and The Quarry, Shrewsbury's stunning 29-acre parkland.
Ed added: “Despite all the hard work involved in renovating this former hospital it is great when you stand back and see how fabulous the new homes and apartments look. Each one is individual and filled with character, and some of the apartments we are creating at the moment have beautiful window seats and bedrooms on spectacular mezzanine floors. These homes certainly have the wow factor and it is great to see visitors faces when they see how beautiful each property is.”