Empty building opens as flats

A former nursing home in St Leonards has been converted into 11 new apartments for residents.

St Mary’s Nursing Home, in Carisbrooke Road, lay derelict for almost seven years but Coastal Space, a joint regeneration partnership between Hastings Borough Council and AmicusHorizon turned the property into accommodation.

At an opening event last Wednesday (December 3), local community members and councillors took a tour of the apartments.

The new homes are the latest to be delivered as part of Coastal Space regeneration project in St Leonards. Phase one of the project will bring around £5 million of investment to St Leonards while delivering fully refurbished homes for local people. Residents will move into their homes in January and include young families and people downsizing from larger homes.

Stephen Clements, AmicusHorizon’s project manager, said: “We’re really delighted to bring the one- and two-bedroom apartments to the area and to make the most of this empty property.

“The attractive Victorian building has been fully refurbished to the highest standards by our contractor Booker and Best.”

Council leader Jeremy Birch took a tour of the property and was joined by AmicusHorizon chief executive, Paul Hackett.

Councillor Birch said: “Improving living accommodation in St Leonards is important to us. The refurbishment of St Marys Nursing home has transformed a derelict eyesore in a very prominent position into high standard living accommodation for families in St Leonards. We are very proud to be working with AmicusHorizon on projects such as this.”

Mr Hackett said: “We’re delighted the Coastal Space project is having such a positive impact.

“We’ve focused on the Central St Leonards area of the town and believe this will give a welcome boost to one of the most deprived wards in the south east.

“Our unique funding arrangement with the council combined with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency means a substantial investment is being made.

“We’re already in talks about a phase two for Coastal Space.”