Former hospital transformed into housing

A £55 million housing development has transformed the former Barnes Hospital near Cheadle Village into 155 apartments, townhouses and family homes.

The project, covering a 16.5 acre site was carried out by Henley Homes following a £12.5 million funding deal with NatWest. It will bring the Grade II-listed building back into use and provides a big boost of housing to a highly-sought-after area in Greater Manchester.

Building works on the Gothic-designed structure began earlier this year and the first completed properties are expected this autumn. Many of the properties are already being marketed for sale by local agents.

The apartments and townhouses will be created both inside and around the old hospital itself. The grounds will be carefully landscaped and the village will be accessible with excellent transport connections.

Commenting on the project, Joseph Donkor, chief operating officer of Henley, said that the housing scheme would help to regenerate the area and bring a wonderful historic building back to life.

"The former hospital is an amazing building and it is great to be able to save it for future generations. Henley has begun transforming it into 38 unique apartments and townhouses, retaining original features wherever possible, including decorative external brickwork, arched windows and some double-height internal spaces," he explained.

As well as being restored, the historic building will also be converted to meet modern building standards. This means they properties should be highly energy efficient, with good levels of thermal wall insulation and ceiling insulation, as well as efficient boilers and double or triple glazing. They will include fully fitted kitchens and fixtures, terrace and garden areas or mezzanine floor levels.

Heath Thomas, NatWest's head of real estate finance, Manchester, said the firm was 'delighted' to work on the project. "Henley is creating a fantastic housing development in the heart of Cheadle, which will enhance the local area and bring a historic building back into use," he added.