Development will change the face of historic listed building

The former Lancaster Moor Hospital which is being developed in to luxury accommodation.
The former Lancaster Moor Hospital which is being developed in to luxury accommodation.

Lancaster will have “never seen such comparable luxury”, according to the developers of one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

Work has already begun on the landmark, Grade II Listed former Moor Hospital, which is set to undergo a massive multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Wyresdale Road site will be the “stunning” setting for over 300 new homes - a mixture of luxury houses and apartments within the existing building, and new build properties in the grounds.

Work on the road access to the site, owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, is already underway, and Carlisle based developers Story Homes will soon start on the 194 new build properties at the back of the site.

Co-developers PJ Livesey will then concentrate on transforming the huge interior of the former hospital and asylum into around 150 luxury homes of varying sizes to be called The Residence at Lancaster. Work to clean up the building’s stonework has already been completed.

Fred Story, owner of Story Homes, said: “I very rarely get the chance to build on a site like this, it’s simply stunning.

“Owners of the new properties will get to their home via a tree lined drive, which we’re starting work on next month.

“We’ll be working with local contractors and will start building houses in February, when we expect the first show homes to be open.”

Peter Livesey, managing director of PJ Livesey Group said: “There is currently nothing comparable to what the Moor Hospital site could offer in the area.

“It’s going to be the luxury end of the market, and if people want something particularly special, we can do that,” he said.

“We’ll be creating local jobs, and we’ll be starting the main feeder road into the site off Quernmore Road next month.”

The site itself will be open to the public on completion in five to six years, and an open day for the public and prospective buyers is expected in August.