A £90 million project that aims to transform the derelict St George’s hospital in Morpeth into a mixed tenure housing development has started construction.The work will be carried out by a consortium made up of Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Galliford Try and Home Group.Neil Graham, regional head of the north east with the HCA, said: “This start on site is great news for the local community.“We have worked with Galliford Try and Linden Homes on many schemes over the years and we know that they will provide the local community with the homes that they need.“The development will make excellent use of the existing site to ensure that the new homes will complement the homes that already exist in the town and by working with Home Group will ensure that there are homes suitable for everyone.”St George’s will become the site of 374 new residential properties constructed by Linden Homes - the housebuilding division of Galliford Try.There are plans to incorporate some parts of the original hospital building into the homes, but it remains to see if this will be possible without compromising structural integrity. The design of the homes themselves was formulated in response to a public consultation run by Northumberland County Council’s Planning Committee, which approved the project in March.The buildings will be sensitive to the historic buildings of Northumberland’s county town, some of which date back to the medieval period.St George’s was first opened in 1859 to provide medical care to residents of Morpeth and the surrounding countryside. However, it has fallen into disrepair and has been closed to the public since 1995. Local patients are now served by Morpeth Cottage Hospital and Northgate Hospital.The project has been divided into three distinct phases to maximise construction efficiency. The first part of the development will see 121 homes built, of which 36 will be affordable, 14 will be eligible for shared ownership, and 22 will be placed on the rental market.
Morpeth hospital revamp begins
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