London hospital and museum
Rebecca Wayman

£60m transformation underway for historic 19th century military hospital near London

Weston Homes has begun the £60m three-year redevelopment programme to convert the 12-acre Grade II listed Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.

It will be converted into a residential development providing 140 new private sale homes.

VKE Contractors Limited has been appointed by Weston Homes to undertake the groundworks and restoration specialist SJB will be responsible for the stripping out of the internals of the buildings, with considerable precision and efficiency required to preserve historic features.

The surveying and main contractor on the project will be Weston Group’s own in-house construction division, and the volume housebuilder’s Weston Logistics division will handle the scheme’s supply chain management, plant hire and provision of off-site construction.

Weston Homes plans to launch and undertake sales for Cambridge Military Hospital in Autumn 2020.

The hospital was opened on July 18, 1879, named after HRH Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, cousin of Queen Victoria. The hospital was closed in 1996 and, in 2001, the Ministry of Defence announced that the buildings were surplus to military requirements.

Weston Homes acquired the Cambridge Military Hospital in May 2019 from the MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation and development partner Grainger plc.

With a masterplan devised by architectural practice Adam Urbanism, the converted Cambridge Military Hospital site will provide one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses set in landscaped grounds.

The main Cambridge Military Hospital will be converted to provide 74 homes including apartments and houses, commercial/community facilities and grand communal foyers and spaces.

Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive of Weston Homes, concluded: “Weston Homes has started construction work on the conversion of the Cambridge Military Hospital into a new residential address for Aldershot.

“The three year conversion project will bring a new lease of life to these heritage buildings. We will transform them into modern homes layered with the rich history and unique character of this historic site.”

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