For almost two centuries the looming presence of the Lancaster Moor Hospital has dominated the skyline of the city, gazing over Morecambe Bay in one direction and the Bowland Fells in the other.
In the two decades since the hospital closed its doors as an institution for the mentally ill, the former County Lunatic Asylum has been a gradually decaying shell.
Today, however, the site has become a bustling hive of activity as the Victorian gothic building is transformed into new homes.
It is expected that the first properties within the impressive building will be completed next year, but already the transformation of Campbell House, an annexe set a short distance away from the main building, is completed. The stunning show homes will be open for viewing next weekend, November 2 and 3.
Developers the PJ Livesey Group is behind the project.
The Manchester-based company specialises in renovating period properties such as factories, schools, mills and – as at the Moor – hospitals, creating houses and apartments which manage to combine both history and character alongside the best modern living, with 21st century fittings and fixtures.
The main hospital building will become 100 one, two and three bedroom apartments.
The now ready to inspectCampbell House has been sensitively converted into seven mews houses.
Named The Residence, the houses in the annexe development each boast living space with soaring ceilings and towering sash windows, giving the properties a feeling of great space and copious natural light.
Kitchens, windows and fitted bedroom furniture are all built in-house by PJ Livesey in order to maintain their quality standard and themes.
The three bedroom show home boasts a living area with a vast, tall bay window, which overlooks a terrace and private lawned garden.
Beyond that is the open field that was the hospital cricket pitch – where many moons ago the teams which played there dominated the local cricket leagues – and behind this the fells, rising up and into the distance.
There is a kitchen/breakfast room and a cloakroom on the ground floor, with the three bedrooms found upstairs.
The master is en-suite and has windows to two sides, overlooking the fells and woodland.
In addition there is a family bathroom and linen cupboard. It is on the market at £309,950.
Two bedroom homes in The Residence cost £189,950-£194,950. The sales office is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week.
Contact sales negotiator Daniel Lynch on 07912 069 891 for further information or email sales@the residence-lancaster.co.uk