The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in the UK has selected Countryside Properties to regenerate the 200-acre site of the former Runwell Hospital, situated between Battlesbridge and Rettendon in Essex, UK.
The £200m project will feature 575 homes, together with up to 2,800m² of non-residential space including offices, retail outlets, a community centre and land for a primary school.
The selection of Countryside Properties follows ‘extensive’ work by HCA to gain a resolution to grant outline planning approval in March 2013 after public consultation.
The agency has prepared the site and secured outline consent, which also includes conversion of a chapel into new community facilities and improvements to the adjacent A132 and Runwell Sports & Social Club.
HCA senior area manager for Essex and Kent Mike Goulding said Runwell is an example of how government land can be used for local benefit.
"The houses that will be built here and the related roads and community facilities will really benefit the local area and turn what was a disused hospital into an integral part of the local community," Goulding said.
Countryside Properties has exchanged contracts with the HCA and is progressing a reserved matters application for the first phase of the project.
The development is expected to begin in late 2014/early 2015.
Countryside Properties chief executive Graham Cherry said the company’s design solution works with and complements the existing mature landscape.
"We are looking forward to creating a new neighbourhood with a range of facilities. We are confident it will be an outstanding place to live and work," Cherry said.
Image: Masterplan of Runwell Hospital regeneration project. Photo: Courtesy of the Homes and Communities Agency.