Accent welcomes first new residents into redeveloped former hospice
Published by Heather Jacklin for Accent Group in Housing
Picture details: Resident Sylwia Cichon with the keys to her new home.
The first new residents have moved into St Catherine’s Grange, a new housing development in Manningham, built by Bradford housing association Accent Group.
St Catherine’s Grange, a development of 18 two, three and four bedroom homes, stands on the site of St Catherine’s Home, a former hospice for terminally ill patients.
Accent obtained planning permission to turn the former hospice, which had stood derelict since its closure in 1972, into a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses and apartments in December 2012. The hospice was originally built in 1888 for women in the last stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Accent has since invested £1.8M into the redevelopment of the property, which was partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, English Heritage and Bradford Council. The association worked with contractor Strategic Team Group to complete the building work.
The historical features of the building were important to Accent and the local community, and the original stained glass windows, railings and the bell tower have been retained and restored to their former glory.
The regeneration of the hospice has been welcomed by the local community and it has had the added effect of encouraging other private owners and landlords in the area to carry out improvement work to their own homes.
Accent’s Housing Manager John Place said: “It’s great to see the first of our new residents moving into St Catherine’s Grange. Our redevelopment has taken over almost two years to complete and as well as the physical redevelopment and restoration of St Catherine’s, we have added more efficient central heating systems, replacement kitchens and bathrooms, new roofs and totally redecorated. The hospice had fallen into serious disrepair so we had a lot of work to do, even whilst retaining what we could of the original features, but the end result are high quality and affordable new homes which our residents will be proud to live in.”
Andy Coates, Construction Director at Strategic Team Group added: “We were delighted to work with Accent Group in bringing a landmark building back in to use. The project has been challenging and rewarding, and will provide much-needed new homes for the local community.”