Dudley Guest Hospital transformed into homes
Wates Residential North has reached completion of Butlers Crescent, its brand new residential development delivered in partnership with Dudley Council and Homes England.
The milestone brings to fruition an extensive build programme that saw the restoration of the locally listed former Porter’s Lodge and the administration building at Dudley Guest Hospital to create Bourne Hall, a development of 29 luxury apartments alongside 127 new homes at Tipton Road.
Building work on the new development began in November 2015 and has seen Wates work in close partnership with Dudley Council and Homes England to brings to site one the town’s most strategic regeneration schemes.
Butler’s Crescent pays tribute to the renowned Black Country architect, Albert Thomas Butler, who was responsible for modifications to the previous hospital building. Of the new homes, 118 have now been sold on the open market with the remaining 39 available for rent through the council.
Throughout its delivery of the flagship development, Wates Residential North has fulfilled a pledge to engage the local community in its work on site. This has seen the team carry out site visits for local schools and a series of training programmes for local people, including Wates’ industry leading two-week Building Futures course for local jobseekers.
Richard Shroll, Managing Director of Wates Residential North, commented:
“Our completion of Butler’s Crescent marks the conclusion of a complex but rewarding build programme and myself and the team are extremely proud of what has been achieved here. The restoration of the former Porter’s Lodge and Bourne Hall has been carried out with the utmost care and attention and it stands proudly at the heart of a diverse residential development rich in local heritage.”
Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said:
“Butler’s Crescent is a real example of what we can achieve when working together. It is a flagship development for the borough and strengthens the regeneration of the Castle Hill area, creating a place where people are happy to live as well as visit.
“I’m really pleased to offer modern and affordable houses for people on the council’s waiting list and know that the development will continue to provide homes for generations to come.”