New life for listed building?

New life for listed building?

The Old Hospital in Coleraine

By Julie Magee

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One of Coleraine's oldest and most historic buildings is set to be restored as part of a £14m housing scheme.


Plans have been submitted to develop the former Coleraine hospital site on Mountsandel Road.


The proposed scheme includes giving a new lease of life to the listed Coleraine Union workhouse building which was erected to accommodate 700 inmates.


Records show its construction cost £6,870 plus £1,270 for fittings.


The workhouse was declared fit for the reception of paupers in 1842 and the first inmates were admitted on April 19.

Land to the south and west of St Joseph's High School was zoned for housing in the Northern Area Plan.


The eight-year development, which is being carried out in phases, involves the construction of between 120 to 130 new homes.


Developers say £14m will be invested at the disused site, which has become an eyesore following a fire.


They maintain that the creation of 130 construction jobs will help provide a major boost to the local economy.


The eight-year development, which is being carried out in phases, involves the construction of between 120 to 130 new homes.


Developers say £14m will be invested at the disused site, which has become an eyesore following a fire.


They maintain that the creation of 130 construction jobs will help provide a major boost to the local economy.

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