Evening Standard - 11 February 2015
Heritage specialists City & Country understands this niche market better than most, taking on challenging restoration projects such as dilapidated Victorian asylums. As its name suggests, the company brings back the beauty of the original structure and adds metropolitan design glamour, Chief Executive Tim Sargeant works closely with heritage organisations to return buildings to use.
King Edward VII Estate, near Midhurst in West Sussex, lies within the South Downs National Park. Built in 1901 as a tuberculosis hospital, it has been hailed as an Arts & Crafts masterpiece and includes a Grade II*-listed chapel with prized stained-glass windows that is due to become a café and shop for residents when the 162-home project is complete later this year.
The listed grounds, originally planted by framed horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll, are an early example of “therapeutic gardens”, linking with the buildings and the wider landscape. Five miles of footpaths are being created through the estate’s mature oakwood-land and heath. Residents will also have a swimming pool and gym.
Trains to Victoria take just under an hour. The first homes go on sale next month, with prices from £195,000 to £995,000.
Crossrail Bonus - Other City & Country projects include The General, Bristol, a former hospital being converted into 206 homes priced from £285,000. The Galleries, in Brentwood, Essex, another hospital restoration, includes stunning loft-style spaces. Prices from £420,000.
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