St Johns

We were appointed to develop outline planning permission for St Johns, a major development on the outskirts of Lincoln. Outline planning was successfully achieved and the practice was re-appointed by new clients to carry out detailed planning for the complex conversion of the existing Victorian hospital into 150 apartments with associated community facilities and 79 new build homes.

The house types and various apartments provide a good mix across the site, with a clear hierarchy of public, communal and private spaces. Community facilities sit within the original hospital structure, and are accessed from all new buildings with new commercial units to the north. Car parking is primarily provided in garages to the new build houses, while the large parking requirement for the apartments is managed in the tight central courtyards of the hospital, freeing up the larger perimeter courtyards to act as more generous landscaped gardens.

The most complex element of the scheme is the refurbishment of the existing Victorian hospital into 250 flats. Heritage demands required detailed conservation of the existing fabric and a considered response to existing elements in order for detailed consent to be approved.