Leamington Observer - Binswood Hall work well underway
Work gives historic hall a new life
WORK is well underway on transforming an historic former school in Leamington into a luxury retirement complex.
The £20 million project, set for completition in 2015, will see grade II-listed Binswood Hall become a 'retirement village' for over 55s featuring 90 apartments, from one to three bedroomed, ranging in price from £295,000 to £795,000. On-site facilities will include a restaurant, bar, library, and gym. There will also be parking spaces for most of the flats.
The Victorian Gothic-style building was a school for more than 160 years. Town benefactor Dr Henry Jephson laid the foundation stone in 1847. For 55 years, until 1977, it was known as Leamington College for Boys, and its most famous old boy was jet engine pioneer Frank Whittle. Up until 2009 the building served as North Leamington School’s sixth form centre.
Nick Sanderson, chief executive of devlopers Audley Retirement, said: "Audley is fully committed to this wonderful local landmark and bringing the building back to life for the enjoyment of a new community.
"We have been very encouraged by the warm reception from the local community who rightly hold Binswood Hall very dear and are thrilled to have the opportunity to live in a village with such a significant building as its centrepiece."
Concerns were raised over the size of the development by both the Central Leamington Area Residents Association
(CLARA) and The Leamington Society, although neither objected to the actual proposed use of the building situated just a
couple of minutes walk from the top of the Parade.
A number of apartments in the pretigious development have already been put on sale.