Work has started on one of Medway’s most historic buildings as scaffolding went up around the derelict St Bartholomew’s Hospital in Rochester.
Plans have been approved to create 155 luxury homes on the historic site over the next three years.
The building is placed perfectly for future owners to get around the city, with access to bus, train and car link’s. The new project consists of four new buildings comprising of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three bedroom houses. The new homes will have rear views of the River Medway and St Mary’s Island, this will be the back garden for many new home owners.
The redevelopment is being overseen by Manchester and London owners Aspenisle Ltd, who are part of the specialist MCR Property group acquired the site for £2.65 million from the NHS property services in October 2018, they then had to wait two years for planning to be approved. Work has now started to form a year later on the hospital.
Most properties will be placed in the main building of the hospital and the remainder will be in the new build, although this project is worth £1.4 million, the plans are to keep the historic landmarks appearance, and to only partly demolished the building. Parts of the historic building such as the morgue and original water tower must remain on the site, but will be under going major reconstruction to create a 88 square miles of community garden.
The hospital building located on the New Road to the south of the site will have a total of 86 residential units, including 63 one bed apartments and 23 two bedroom apartments. there is an aim to provide 83 car parking spaces to the primary point of access.
The building has historical significance and a very positive impact on the area so turning it into an attractive communal area will bring a positive character and appearance to the Medway.
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