Leading property developers Henley Homes plc are due submit a planning application and Listed Building Consent for the former Barnes Hospital, standing in the Green Belt adjacent to the M60 motorway in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, in December 2014.
The Grade II Listed building was constructed in the late 19th century and used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers in World War II. Since the closure of the hospital in 1999, the site has reached an advanced and critical stage of deterioration due to neglect.
Following extensive discussions with the original scheme architects, Jeffrey Bell Architects, and Planning and Heritage Consultants, Turley, Henley Homes has put forward a scheme which will see the restoration and conversion of the hospital and its extensive grounds into a mix of new houses and apartments, which will be known as Barnes Village.
Barnes Village will provide a wide range of house types including 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family-sized homes, arranged over 2 and 3 storeys. Townhouses will dominate the makeup of the accommodation, providing mainly vertical subdivisions within the main hospital building, alongside some lateral apartments to the wings and upper floors.
Bob May of Planning and Heritage Consultants, Turley says:
“Barnes Hospital is an extraordinary example of a Gothic Revival building currently in a state of complete disrepair. However, we aim to restore the former hospital building so it can be appreciated as the real jewel in the crown of this quite unique and exciting development”.
Phil Kapur, Associate Land Director of Henley Homes plc says:
“We are very pleased to be involved in the development of the former Barnes Hospital, Cheadle. There is a strong interest from the local community to see the site brought forward and the Hospital restored. Henley Homes are coming to this project with a depth of experience in both volume new build as well as conversion and regeneration of listed buildings, including a Grade II Listed former school building and a Victorian Maternity Hospital.”
As well as restoring a listed building to its former glory, the new proposals aim to provide homes for the local area and create a sustainable residential quarter with a beautifully-landscaped family-orientated environment.