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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 4


ucked away in the Lincolnshire

village of Bracebridge Heath is

the former St John’s Hospital built

in 1952. After closing down in

1989, the site is now being re-awakened as

developers Mabec renovate its Grade II listed

buildings into luxury homes.

Set over 120 acres, the development is

possibly one of the largest such regeneration

projects in the country at this time.

Steeped in history, the hospital was initially

built at a cost of around £30,000 and designed

by architects Hamilton and Thomas Percy.

Mabec is sympathetically renovating the

site in line with its original age and architec-

ture. St John’s will become St John’s Village,

offering 106 luxury homes and apartments -

including 77 new build houses in the grounds,

as part of the £40 million project.

At least 30 acres of the land was used as a farm

which provided paid employment for many of the

male patients. A good number of the female pa-

tients were employed in needlework.

The hospital building is of an Italianate design

in ‘blue’ limestone, with dressings of slate, hipped

roofs and many stone stacks.

Within St John’s there are still many reminders

of earlier times including a Victorian theatre which

played films from the period and expansive recrea-

tion grounds that were used by around 1,500 resi-

dents and staff.

Mark Elliott, director at Mabec, said:

“I feel honoured to be able to bring St John’s

back to life, it has such a charismatic heritage

and being able to create something out of

what had become an abandoned building

will generate such a special place for people

to live in for generations to come.

“The regeneration element of the build

will offer new build houses and apartments,

including some that will sit inside the shell of

the former large theatre to the centre of the