New life for old hos­pi­tal

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - STEPHEN NI­CHOLLS

MARRICKVILLE Hos­pi­tal was once a school for nurses, where trainees were squeezed into nine bed­rooms.

Now the 1909-built nurses’ quar­ters will be sold as two whole-floor $2 mil­lion units.

The fed­er­a­tion-era build­ing had nine bed­rooms and a big kitchen but the re­stored apart­ments will have just three bed­rooms when com­plete in 2019. The new res­i­dents will still get the pressed me­tal ceil­ings and tim­ber floors but have lux­u­ri­ous kitchens and bath­rooms.

The hos­pi­tal treated more than 7000 pa­tients a year at its peak in 1935 but the nurses’ train­ing cen­tre shut in 1978 and the hos­pi­tal closed in 1991.

The nurses’ quar­ters, Li­ly­dale House, is part of the Mar­rick & Co de­vel­op­ment, which in­cor­po­rates two new nine and 10-storey build­ings and a new li­brary and park. The se­cond stage of the project will be launched next week­end.

There is a first-home buyer deal on the one-bed­room units, from $695,000, with Mir­vac al­low­ing a 5 per cent de­posit now and pay the other 5 per cent over a year.

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