Hospital time capsule to be unearthed in 2055

Taylor Wimpey Area Site Manager Ian Harrison, Mark Vaughan from the Homes and Communities Agency and Taylor Wimpey sales and marketing director Christine Aitkin at Whittingham Park.
Taylor Wimpey Area Site Manager Ian Harrison, Mark Vaughan from the Homes and Communities Agency and Taylor Wimpey sales and marketing director Christine Aitkin at Whittingham Park.

A time capsule containing visions of the future, as well as memories of yesteryear, is to be buried at the former Whittingham Hospital.

The site is now known as Whittingham Park and builder Taylor Wimpey Northwest has invited representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency and the county council to a special event on Friday.

Ian Smith, the homebuilder’s managing director, will provide an update on the future of the housing scheme, and will bury the community-themed capsule which it is planned will be dug up in 2055.

Building work started on the site off Whittingham Lane last year and the showhome opened in November.

When the first phase is completed there will be some 150 two, three and four bedroomed homes on the site, which had been the subject of much controversy over its future role following the closure of the hospital in 1995.

The capsule will contain historical artefacts including photographs and documents relating to the hospital, documents from the HCA and drawings from a class of children at Goosnargh Oliverson’s Primary School, who have imagined what they think houses of the future will look like in 2055.

Christine Aitken, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North West, said: “Whittingham Park is one of our most anticipated developments in the region, and one we’ve been keen to begin works on for some time. We’re celebrating the progress we’ve made to date and the relationships established with clubs within – and members of – the local community.”

As of last week the first six homes had been sold on the development and purchasers will be able to move in later this year.