STUDENT HOMES FULL STORY PAGE2 PLAN FOR OLD HOSPITAL SITE
New five-storey block and conversion of Victorian buildings
VICTORIAN hospital buildings that have stood empty for nearly a decade could be turned into student accommodation.
Plans have been submitted to transform part of the old Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site in Stoney Stanton Road – retaining and refurbishing the remaining buildings.
The hospital was shut in 2006 when the new University Hospital opened in Walsgrave.
All of the post-war buildings on the site have since been demolished and the area has been used as a car park, but the former nurses’ home and outpatients clinic, which are listed, remain.
As well as adapting them, developers also want to build a new five storey block, creating a total of 291 bed spaces for students.
There will also be a new cafe together with landscaping, vehicle and pedestrian access, although parking will only be available for disabled students.
Nicholas Marchini, from the agents Marchini Curran Associates, said: “The proposals are for a new student accommodation that will provide an effective and sustainable reuse of two existing listed buildings and the opportunity to develop associated contextual modern buildings at a key location in the city.
“The proposals may act as a catalyst for further development of the wider site.
“The new buildings are designed in a contem- porary style using modern materials that represent the forward thinking nature of the dealership, that along with the well considered landscaping proposals will
create a welcoming scheme in a key location in the city.
“The scheme brings two currently vacant listed buildings back into use, which will prevent further decay and offers the opportunity for careful repair and adaptation of the buildings for the future.”
The hospital first opened in 1867 and the nurses’ home and outpatients’ clinic were completed in 1908 and 1909. They are all that remain of the site, with many of the other buildings destroyed during the Coventry Blitz.
The nurses’ home was badly damaged, losing a section of the roof that is now flat.
An archeologist’s report suggests that building is currently in a “poor and deteriorating condition” and is suffering from vandalism, theft and the effects of the damp and cold.
A public consultation into the application, from Student City Inns Limited, based in Kent, will start on January 14 and run for three weeks.
Building work has already started on another part of the site to create a permanent base for Eden School – an all girl Muslim free school.
The former Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site.
The derelict Victorian buildings which have been empty for nearly ten years. Below, part of the space where a new five-storey block would be built