The project at the King Edward VII Estate continues to make good progress and the transformation of the main entrance area and inner courtyard gardens of the Sanatorium back to the original 1905 facades is now completed and receiving a very positive response from the wider community. This work has been completed mainly from historical photographs and records, and has been a painstaking exercise but an extremely proud moment for all concerned when restored areas both internally and externally were revealed to invited guests at the VIP Sales Launch at the end of March and to the wider public at the Sales Launch in mid-April.
Work has also commenced on the restoration of the south gardens based on the original designs and planting plans produced by Gertrude Jekyll. It is anticipated that the benefit of this work will be realized by Spring 2016 in conjunction with the completion of the first 42 apartments forming the central core of the former hospital building.
The Lodge is now fully functional as a Sales Suite and this houses a model of the development, information board and sample finishes including a show bathroom and kitchen. This facility has been very successful since the Sales Launch in April, generating a good level of sales interest leading to a number of reservations with the first occupation taking place in August this year. Residents now occupy a number of apartments in the former hospital building and have the benefit of exclusive access to the restored former dining hall, the main entrance gallery, the link, inner courtyard gardens, the entrance courtyard and the Kings Green garden area.
Care has been taken to ensure that on-going construction works have a minimal impact on new residents and resident only gated access and parking is provided directly from Kings Drive.
Residents and the wider community now have access to the wooded and restored heathland areas to the west of the estate which now includes restored ‘measured walks’. These walks were historically used by recovering hospital patients and have been restored from historical estate plans mapping their routes.
City & Country continues to progress this important development with full respect and appreciation of the historic values of the King Edward VII Estate.
Despite challenging winter weather, good progress has been made in a number of areas of the estate.
The main Sanatorium is now beginning to resemble the footprint of the original 1905 building with all post completion modern additions now demolished. This has been a very exciting time as it has opened up a number of the courtyard views which have been lost for many years and once the former Jekyll gardens are restored, future residents will once more enjoy the original design intent of the Sanatorium. Work is now continuing on the façade restorations, following the demolitions and the internal conversion of the first phase, which includes the central core, north east wing and south gardens.
The Chapel has also seen good progress with much of the external façade restoration complete and the internal repairs progressing, concentrating mainly on the vaulted ceilings of the knaves and chancel. Some local residents may also have heard the sound of The Chapel bell for the first time in many years, as this is now fully restored.
Work is also well advanced at The Lodge which is in the most prominent position for local residents to view progress. The Lodge extension has been removed and the building restored to the original design. Internal restoration is well advanced and the new garage nearing completion. During the summer months we are looking forward to the completion of the gardens around The Lodge, which coupled with the restored building will present an impressive welcome to the King Edward VII Estate.
Ecological work continues in the wider estate with heather seeding now spread in the heathland restoration areas and bat mitigation works continue in accordance with the Natural England Bat License.
The second City & Country King Edward VII Estate Newsletter has now been produced providing a full development update and can be downloaded here
An Open Day will take place between 1pm and 8pm on Thursday 14th March. Staff from City & Country will be available throughout the day to answer any questions and offer people access to limited safe areas where the demolition enhancements can be seen. If you wish to attend please contact Francesca Townsend and provide your name(s) and your estimated time of arrival so we can assess the likely visitor numbers. Given the site is a working site, all visitors must report to the main reception and strictly adhere to the guidance given and stay within the safe areas.
Francesca Townsend can be contacted either by email on Francesca.Townsend@cityandcountry.co.uk
or by telephone on 01279 817882. All visitors must register with Francesca prior to visiting.
An application to make some minor alterations to the scheme approved in November 2011 was registered with the South Downs National Park Authority on the 27th July 2012. The scheme involves the redistribution of a small number of dwellings on the site from the historically sensitive areas to the areas of new dwellings. The proposals would allow a full restoration of the north entrance and south west wing of the Sanatorium through the removal of further existing or approved modern extensions. The units displaced by this would be relocated underneath the approved West Apartments, making better use of the natural contours of the site, and through a re-planned Bracken Lane scheme. The changes would not increase the built area on the site, would allow the more refined proportions of the entrance area to be revealed, and would allow a full restoration of the Gertrude Jekyll gardens on the west side of the Sanatorium. Overall there would be one less dwelling on site, and a slight reduction in the area of development.
Details of the proposals can be viewed in the Design & Access Statement submitted with the application, which can be downloaded here
. The complete set of drawings and other information submitted with the application can be viewed on South Downs National Park Authority’s website.
The first City & Country King Edward VII Estate Newsletter has now been produced providing a full development update and can be downloaded here
The first Liaison Group Meeting facilitated by the South Downs National Park took place on the 23rd January 2012, the minutes of which can be seen on the here
. Future meeting dates and minutes will be published on this website.
The ecological surveys are now complete, and nothing unexpected was discovered. We have also now obtained the Bat License from Natural England, which is required before any demolitions commence. The tree works will continue until the end of March and are being carried out by a local forestry company who often works for the Cowdray Estate. Demolition works of the modern buildings will commence in about 2 months time, and will initially be the buildings that do not directly connect with the historic buildings. Quotes are being obtained from Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers to produce the detailed working drawings required to allow works to be tendered and procured. The main building works will not start for at least 6 months whilst this process is carried out. The key issue raised at the Liaison Group meeting was regarding the highways improvements. We are therefore responding to this issue by working to bring forward the highways improvements, and looking to have them in place prior to the main works commencing in 6 months time. The second key issue for the neighbouring properties was if there was an opportunity to upgrade their water, gas and broadband connections? City & Country agreed to look into this issue.