Next chapter opens for £100 million historic Sunnyside Hospital in Angus

Sunnyside Hospital Angus

THE next chapter in the history of Sunnyside Estate, located in Hillside on the outskirts of Montrose, has opened with the exciting next phase of housing being brought to the market following a positive response from the initial sales release, a show home opened, and proposals for a new community hub revealed (details on images in Notes to Editors).

The new 50-home development set in magnificent 64-acre estate grounds is part of more than 450 homes which will eventually be constructed in the former Sunnyside Royal Hospitaland its grounds.

The £100 million development is being undertaken by Sunnyside Estate Ltd, a joint venture between local company Pert Bruce Construction and Edinburgh-based luxury developer FM Group. The hospital site was purchased from NHS Tayside in 2016.

The development includes an exclusive offering of converted two and three-bedroom apartments/townhouses and bespoke two, three, four and five-bedroom new-build family homes for sale, built to the highest specifications. All with excellent transport links to Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.

The centrepiece of the Estate is the former Grade-A listed Sunnyside Royal Hospital, being refurbished to the highest standards into spacious luxury apartments and townhouses as Sunnyside Mansion.

In addition to 50 homes coming to market in The Woods and The Orchard, a stunning new show home in The Woods now provides the opportunity to view a finished Sunnyside Estate home, has also been opened.

The Woods will comprise a selection of contemporary and spacious new build four and five-bedroom family homes set within mature woodlands, offering a secluded, semi-rural setting within the development. 

To date a number of young families have already moved into their new homes in The Orchard, which offers a selection of roomy and practical two-bedroom bungalows, three-bedroom detached and semi-detached villas.

All new build properties for sale in The Woods and The Orchard are completed to the highest standards and come with a full 10-year NHBC warranty.

Around 50 to 70 individuals are employed directly on site and the supply chain is predominantly local. There are eight trade apprentices across the site, with two management/surveying students and six management staff.

Trade apprentices are working through Pert-Bruce and the Dundee and Angus Shared Apprentice Scheme, of which Pert-Bruce were one of the founding partners

A community hub is also being developed by Montrose Community Trust (MCT), an award-winning charity that uses the context of sport, and in particular football, to change lives and communities.

The Sunnyside Community Hub is to return what was an important part of the main building – which included the cafeteria and recreation hall – back to its original purpose. This will support the physical and emotional well-being of those living on its doorstep, but also in neighbouring and outer-lying communities.

Its work seeks to tackle key issues in the community, supporting those that are unemployed, living with a disability, recovering from an addiction, living in isolation, facing food insecurity and/or living with dementia, to name just a few areas of work.

Sunnyside Estate is also working in partnership with Hillcrest Homes (Scotland) Ltd on a £11.5 million development to deliver 94 affordable homes, of which the first phase of 35 units are due to complete in January 2022. The second phase of 59 homes is already under construction in tandem with the first phase. Both phases of this agreement include the retention and extensive refurbishment of two listed buildings – the original water tower and the ward building.

Both phases will offer a range of property sizes of one, two and three bedrooms, and will aim to provide housing for a range of family needs.

David Stewart, Director for Sunnyside Estates Ltd said:

“We are delighted to be bringing these superb properties to the market and launch our new stunning show home as we open a new chapter for Sunnyside Estate.

“As a local company we are bringing forward high-quality residential development, transforming this site and ensuring that it will once again be prominent in the local community.

“In order to achieve these ambitions we have worked closely with the local community, including the likes of Montrose Community Trust and Angus Council, developing proposals that maintain the history and heritage of the former hospital and preserve and enhance the natural environment.

“In addition to this we are also sustaining and creating local jobs, both directly and through the supply chain, benefiting companies in Montrose, Angus and beyond.”

Peter Davidson, Chief Executive of the Montrose Community Trust commented:

‘‘The estate and this building in particular remains close to the hearts of many in our community. It has an intriguing history and this project will seek to honour it’s past, but also secure its future. 

“We are exploring the viability of including the installation of a small hydrotherapy pool in our plans and there are a number of people living locally who would benefit from such, due to recovering from an operation, or living with conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida. Such a facility would also provide opportunities for the young to learn to swim, and the young at heart to maintain an active lifestyle.

“We’ll strive to create a hub of activity, opportunity and community spirit.’’

MCT is keen to hear from anyone, living locally, who possesses the time, energy and expertise to support their efforts in delivering this project for the benefit of the community.

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