Historic West Park Hospital Buildings Preserved for Future Communities

One of the previously disused and derelict former hospital sites known collectively as the ‘Epsom Cluster’ has been brought back to life by award-winning developer Crest Nicholson. The former West Park Hospital site is currently being transformed into a new community called Noble Park. As well as building brand new homes styled to complement the period buildings, Crest Nicholson is sympathetically restoring Dartford House, Parklands, Frinton and Janeford - The original Grade II Listed buildings on site, to create a new development that’s steeped in history. Since its launch last month, four homes have sold to date, demonstrating strong demand for the beautifully converted homes.

Built in the early 20th Century, West Park was originally a mental hospital. It was the last in a long line of asylums built to serve the London area and one of five establishments built on the Horton estate, or ‘Epsom Cluster’. Construction began in 1912 and it finally opened as a hospital in 1923, after being used by the Canadian Military for several years.

The hospital was formed of a series of buildings linked together by a network of corridors forming a semi-circle, known as the ‘colony’ design. West Park housed around 2,000 patients until the 1970s when this number began to decline. The main hospital was completely closed in 2002. In 2003 a number of buildings, including the Great Hall, were damaged in an arson attack.

Crest Nicholson will not only preserve a number of the original buildings and integrate them into the Noble Park development, but all new homes being built are designed to fit in with the original style of West Park and will take their cue from the formal symmetry and classical detail of the existing buildings. The original red-brick buildings add character and act as focal points for the development, creating a unique sense of place for Noble Park.

All buildings which are being preserved will be restored to enhance their fine detail, creating a sense of a place steeped in heritage. The Grade 2 Listed buildings which are being restored to form part of Noble Park include the Administration Building and the imposing, 13 storey high Water Tower. The distinctive Water Tower will be converted into a community working space which will form the physical and social heart of the new community. The Administration Building and selected former ward buildings will be converted into homes.

In addition, the landscaping of the site, including many of the mature trees, will be preserved far as is possible. These will be incorporated into landscaped elements on the development, including the North Entrance Courtyard, the South Green and various areas for children to play and for neighbours to sit and chat.

When completed, Noble Park will comprise of 360 homes with exciting choices for everyone from first time buyers to growing families and busy working professionals, as well as those seeking a more relaxed pace of life. The homes will include exclusive two, three, four and five bedroom family homes and one and two bedroom high specification apartments. Complementing the existing period buildings and styled to harmonise with their surroundings, the homes will be traditional yet elegant, in mellow red brick with slate roofs, stone cills and lintels, classical elevations and tall chimneys.

Christine Tiernan, Sales & Marketing Director for Crest Nicholson South, said: “We feel very honoured to be looking after and restoring Dartford House to become a wonderful place in which to live. There is a great sense of obligation to ensure the all the buildings are restored and refurbished sympathetically in order to retain their grandeur. We are delighted that the response from local residents has been so positive.”

Noble Park is located close to some beautiful rural areas around Epsom. The site is a short distance from Epsom Common and Horton Country Park, while Epsom Downs and its iconic race course are also in close proximity. For commuters, Ewell West station and Epsom Station are within a short distance of the development, with train journeys into London taking approximately 35 minutes. Road links are also strong, with the M25 and A3 both within easy reach to.

For more information or to book an appointment to view the show apartment, please call 0870 751 3958 or email noblepark@crestnicholson.com. Alternatively, visit www.crestnicholson.com/noblepark.

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