The future looks promising for Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, less than a year after the last patient was discharged

When it was finished in 1761, the Royal Hospital Haslar
When it was finished in 1761, the Royal Hospital Haslar was the largest brick building in England

Terence O’Rourke Ltd, which specialises in town planning, urban design and environmental consultancy, has secured a Certificate of Lawful Use to provide health and care-related facilities, alongside three temporary planning consents to encourage immediate use of the former Royal Navy hospital and help to protect its historic buildings.

The Ministry of Defence sold the hospital to Our Enterprise Haslar Ltd (a company specialising in bringing together charities, social investors and the public sector for large developments) in November 2009 after the provision of healthcare was transferred to the NHS.

Andy Feculak, Director of Development at Our Enterprise Haslar Ltd, says the planning consents will “kick start the delivery of the organisation’s social vision for this historic site”.

The hospital was opened in 1753, and preserving the site’s rich heritage is central to the proposals. This means finding appropriate uses for its 13 listed buildings and the historic gardens, while longer-term proposals for the site include a continuing care retirement community with accommodation for veterans and the armed forces.

Laraine Southwood, Technical Director at Terence O’Rourke Ltd, says: “We have been working closely with Gosport Borough Council and English Heritage to ensure that the historic buildings are conserved and brought back into use at the earliest opportunity.”

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