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
ROLLING BACK 162
YEARS OF HISTORY