Estate planning releases historic building for sale

The former main building at Fordingbridge Hospital. Photo: Clive Perrin

The former main building at Fordingbridge Hospital. Photo: Clive Perrin

by Alex Cameron

Moving services from historic former workhouses to revamped facilities has boosted healthcare in Hampshire and led to cash returns for the NHS.

A specialist developer is set to transform historic buildings that made up part of the former Fordingbridge Hospital into 15 local homes after clinical services were relocated to upgraded facilities.

The former main building and its adjacent pavilions were sold to Landmark Estates by NHS Property Services, with proceeds going straight back to the NHS. The rest of the site continues as an operational hospital.

Fordingbridge Hospital was originally built in 1885 as workhouses before their use changed and they were incorporated into the NHS.

The Grade II listed buildings at Barton Road were no longer fit for clinical use so owners NHS Property Services worked with commissioners to secure capital investment to revamp more modern NHS healthcare facilities elsewhere.

Once services had been relocated, commissioners were able to declare the old buildings surplus to NHS requirements.

The property was sold on the open market to Landmark Estates, which specialises in sensitive conversions of listed buildings. Planning permission has been granted for the property to be turned into 11 flats and four houses.

Sale of the site also means the NHS no longer has to foot the bill for maintaining and securing the empty buildings.

James Wakeham, Regional Director for NHS Property Services, said: “One of our key roles is to provide strategic estate planning and management advice to NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

“In the case of Fordingbridge, investment was secured by project partners to improve facilities for patients while freeing up a building that was no longer fit for modern healthcare.”