Property News King Edward VII Estate in Midhurst

King Edward VII Estate

The Healthcare team at Colliers International has been instructed by City & Country to secure a partner to develop and operate a flagship assisted living community within the grounds of the famous King Edward VII Estate at Midhurst, West Sussex.

City & Country, the award winning specialist property developer, renowned for their expertise in the conservation, restoration and conversion of historic and listed buildings, secured detailed planning approval for the comprehensive redevelopment of the King Edward VII Estate November 2011.

The development will include the complete restoration of the  former Hospital designed by Charles Holden and Percy Adams which was opened by King Edward VII in 1903, the Grade II* chapel plus the landscaped gardens designed by the acclaimed  British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.

Sensitive conversion works to the listed buildings and new build homes within the grounds will create 410 new homes providing a mix of apartment living, family houses and the creation of the assisted living community; additional amenities will include a shop and café.

Having laid empty for 7 years, there has been extensive public consultation throughout the planning process and the King Edward VII Community Liaison Group was set up to  ensure continued constructive dialogue with key stakeholders.  Work has now started on the site and City & Country’s £180 million plans to protect the historically important buildings and gardens in the 165 acre estate is underway.

Jeremy Tasker, Head of Healthcare at Colliers International said “We are delighted to have been appointed by City & Country on such a historic and prestigious project.  There is a dearth of specifically designed assisted living sites available, particularly of this quality and this is a truly unique opportunity.”

The proposed assisted living community will provide a mixture of 21 two bedroom cottages, one 3 bedroom apartment and 57 two bedroom apartments, communal facilities, private and secure gardens and underground parking.

He said “We are discussing the proposed site with a number of key specialist care developers. The design can be flexible to allow developers and operators to incorporate their own specific requirements and we are offering the site for sale on a subject to planning basis. We will also discuss joint venture and lease options - the main aim is to secure a partner for our clients who will apply the same emphasis on design and traditional craftsmanship and deliver a flagship assisted living community, seamlessly incorporated into the residential development at the heart of the estate.”