Transformation of former hospital nears completion

The transformation of a former Victorian hospital in Shrewsbury into luxury properties is nearing completion after almost five years of development.

Leighton Park in Bicton Heath has been created from the Grade II listed former Shelton Hospital.

The building was designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott, who was a leading figure in the Gothic Revival movement, and responsible for famous buildings including the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Albert Memorial in London.

Over the decades the hospital grew from just 60 patients to more than 1,000 by the 1940s. Shelton Hospital eventually closed in 2012 and Shropshire Homes took over the 22-acre site in 2015, with work beginning on site in January 2016.

Now Leighton Park comprises 250 contemporary houses and apartments comprising both converted and newly built structures.

Managing director Richard Shackleton said: “We are deeply proud of Leighton Park. Planning and restoration of period properties involve a meticulous process. We have demonstrated that we have the experience and expertise at Shropshire Homes to complete the work to the highest standard. An important part of this work involved preserving many of the original features, which has required considerable patience, time and craftmanship.

“These sorts of projects require a great deal of investment, but to see the finished result, it’s clear that the hard work of our team has been worthwhile.”