Work begins on £79m former hospital site in Prudhoe

355 jobs to be supported, adding £18.5m per annum to the local economy

Gentoo Homes has commenced demolition work on its new 404 home development, Cottier Grange, on the former hospital site in Prudhoe.

Gentoo Homes will invest £79million in the site over the next ten years; building 404 homes for sale and for rent on the former hospital site with homes ranging from two to six bedrooms.

As part of its investment in the site, Gentoo will refurbish the Grade II listed buildings, Prudhoe Hall and stables, which sit at the heart of the site, into thirteen exclusive executive apartments. Also within the conservation plan for the site, the Grade II listed Victorian Walled Garden will be refurbished.

Gentoo will transform the disused site, which was purchased from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) earlier this year, and open it up for public use. The new housing development, which is to be named Cottier Grange, will provide much needed new homes for the area.

Demolition work has begun on site and in the interests of public safety the site has been secured by a perimeter fence for a period of time. The site will however re-open sequentially in stages over time, with good quality amenity space being provided for the local community.

Construction work on the site is expected to support 140 full time construction jobs and support a further 215 full time jobs in the supply chain.

Once completed and fully occupied, it is expected the development will have a significant economic impact on the local area, with an estimated £2.24 million of net additional expenditure per year in shops and on services within the local area as a result.

John Craggs, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo, said: “We are delighted to begin work on our flagship Cottier Grange development. This is a huge project that will bring major benefits for the North East, including many new modern homes, excellent new amenity space for the local community and will provide a significant boost to the local economy.”

Naz Parkar, Executive Director at the Homes and Communities Agency, added: “This start on site marks a new chapter for this historic site and the mix of homes, including some available at a 20% discount to the market price will ensure that hard working local people can afford to live in Prudhoe.

“Working with Gentoo to provide 404 homes will help ensure that the local housing market is able to meet the demands of local people in the Tyne Valley“

Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It is good to see development get underway on this important site. The development will bring much needed new housing to the area - including 121 affordable homes for those in housing need and a welcomed boost to employment in the west of Northumberland.

"The refurbishment of Prudhoe Hall and the Victorian Walled Garden will help to retain some of the historic and traditional features of the area and I look forward to seeing the scheme progress.“