The long-awaited renovation of the St Edmund’s Hospital site in Northampton town centre could begin in the next year, according to the leader of the borough council.
Since the hospital closed in 1999 the 176-year-old building in Wellingborough Road, which was also a 19th century workhouse, has fallen into a state of disrepair and has been described as an eyesore.
Last year an application was made to English Heritage to remove the historic building’s listed status, leading to fears it could one day be demolished.
But Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, has said he had been talking with the building’s owners and English Heritage to “drive forward” the refurbishment of the Grade Two listed building.
Councillor Mackintosh is set to propose a motion at a full council meeting next week asking that the council recognises the importance of the St Edmund’s site as a key gateway to the town.
The motion states that a planning application will be submitted later this year and “all options will be kept open to ensure that the site is properly redeveloped”.
Councillor Mackintosh said: “We need the renovation to be in keeping with the historical aspect of the building and be properly useful for the future of the town.”
The St Edmund’s building was designed by world famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, who went on to create the Albert Memorial in London and the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station.