Sheffield NHS site lined up for redevelopment
Expresso Property wants to convert Fulwood House as part of a project bringing 88 homes to the Old Fulwood Road site.
Blenheim Architecture has designed the scheme, with DLP on board as planning consultant. Plans have now been lodged with Sheffield City Council.
Working in alliance with landowner Sheffield Health & Social Cre NHS Foundation Trust, Expresso, a development business with a combined 70 years’ experience, has put together a project combining 15 individual houses, six apartments in the restored Fulwood House, and five blocks comprising 67 apartments.
At present, the site – on the boundary of the Fulwood conservation area – is home to the Edwardian-era Fulwood House, which includes within it NHS offices; along with a post-war eight-storey office block and ancillary blocks, along with various car parking areas.
In its design & access statement, Blenheim said: “Currently the existing office buildings have fallen into a state of disrepair. By renovating the existing building stock as we propose to do, we will lift the aesthetic of Old Fulwood Road and will entice people to settle in a beautiful environment.
“Where necessary we do propose to demolish many of the ancillary buildings on the site, this will open the existing hardstanding areas on the site to redevelopment. In doing so we will preserve the abundance of green space on the site and use the brownfield sites to create buildings of architectural merit, cohesive with the rest of the proposed development.”
An outline consent from February 2021, clearing the way for the demolition of the more recent buildings on site, establishes the principle of development, DLP said.
The project will deliver mostly larger homes, with just four of the apartments proposed as two-bedroom. Sixty six of the apartments will be three-bedroom and the remaining few four-bedroom.
The houses will break down as five five-bedroom homes and 10 three-bedroom.
Within the scheme, the site’s topography allows for the main partment block to accommodate parking, a gym and dswimming pool, along with a social area, without impinging on views across the Mayfield valley.
Blenheim concluded: “We propose to create outstandingly unique homes of impressive scale. What we intend to be even more impressive however is how despite their scale, they will nestle into the landscape and compliment the surroundings.
“Additionally we shall be restoring the former NHS hospital, once a pillar of the community, into desirable apartments, without increasing the height, maintaining the original scale of the building but improving its visual impact.”
The plans can be viewed on Sheffield’s planning portal with the reference 23/03687/FUL.