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Work underway to deliver new homes at former hospital site in Colchester

18 March 2024

Ground has been broken to mark the start of construction of new homes at the former Essex County Hospital site in Colchester.

The development, in Lexden Road, is being led by Essex Housing LLP. This is Essex County Council’s housing development arm.

It will regenerate the former hospital site, which closed its doors in November 2018.

The site occupies a prime location, within easy walking distance to the city centre.

After much work, it’s great to see construction start at this iconic site in a key city centre location in Colchester. This project is one of many we’re working on through Essex Housing LLP, as we continue to deliver new homes and community assets for our residents and bring underutilised buildings and assets back into use.

Councillor Ray Gooding, Chair of Essex Housing Development LLP

Through three-phases of development, the scheme will deliver 120 new homes. At the same time the Grade-II listed main hospital building will be restored, along with other heritage assets.

Essex Housing obtained planning permission for the development in July 2020. Since then, extensive archaeology and enabling works have taken place.

The ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of phase one of the scheme. This will provide 63 high-quality new homes.

It is fantastic news Essex Housing has reached this key milestone on delivering this scheme and I look forward to seeing it progress in the coming months. This site is a perfect example of how Essex Housing is supporting wider economic benefits of housebuilding, such as the creation of jobs, and striving to deliver new homes that our county so desperately needs.

Councillor Lee Scott, Cabinet Member for Planning a Growing Economy