A former workhouse and hospital in Northampton that has been derelict for the past 15 years is to be brought back to life as a care home, it has been announced today.
St Edmund’s Hospital in Wellingborough Road was built in 1836 as a workhouse for the poor and was converted into a hospital in the 1930s, before closing in 1999.
At a Northampton Alive conference this morning, Ashley Riley - spokesman for Kayalef, the Cyprus-based company that owns the St Edmund’s Hopsital site - said a planning application was expected to be made by Christmas or early January 2015 at the latest.
It is believed that the plans will see the derelict building converted into a care home for elderly people.
Mr Riley said the company had been involved in detailed discussions with local care operators who have shown a “strong interest” in the project.
He said: “We are very aware of the importance of this site and this project for Northampton.
“It is an eyesore for the town and has been that way for far too long. St Edmund’s is a complex project with complex issues regarding listings, feasibility and demands on converting 19th century buildings to meet the needs of the 21st century.
“These plans, with specific focus on the important original workhouse building will protect the integrity of its heritage linking it to the receiving ward that has more recently been known as The Gatehouse.”
Mr Riley said the plans would bring the site back to life with a “deep respect” for its heritage, in particular the front facade.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of the borough council, said: “I’m very pleased to see some movement on the St Edmund’s Hospital site.
“It is a real eyesore for the town and it is great to finally see some progress. I look forward to seeing the planning application.”