Plymouth Architects design transformation of historic Naval Hospital

Plymouth-based architects Ercle have been appointed by developer Chris Gait, alongside builders Goulden & Sons, to deliver the stunning transformation of a building on the historic Millfields Estate,  a former Naval Hospital originally built by French Prisoners of War (POW).  The former hospital cared for sick and injured mariners returning from battle.

The impressive conversion of the whole site began in 2000, and is due for completion in late Spring 2018.

The Old Dispensary, set within the Millfields development, is being restored and converted into spacious and contemporary New York-style loft apartments.  With 4.2m high ceilings and 2m high windows, the aesthetic and feel of a Manhattan conversion, offers the very best of modern living with the tranquillity and elegance of the 18th century setting.   The buildings and grounds at Millfields Trust have retained the original hospital wall, providing a secure gated environment, giving residents total peace of mind.

Developer Chris Gait has a reputation for quality and attention to detail, and has personally chosen many of the bespoke finishing touches to complement this impressive structure.  His previous projects have been included in the Times Property Supplement as the main feature property, and the Old Dispensary conversion is already being noticed.

Chris said:

“We are very excited about how well the project is coming along and now the main roof work has been completed the building is really starting to take shape.   Ercle Architects have done a spectacular job including the framing of the stunning views from the second-floor balconies.  Their ability to work in sympathy with the existing building and getting the most value from it, can clearly be seen when you walk around the site.”

Ercle architects have an unshakeable reputation for bespoke residential work, and are already known for their work in the historic environment, as well as cutting-edge new builds.  However they will be able to keep a closer eye than most on this project, as their office in Creykes Court is adjacent to the site.  

Ercle director, Eric Davis says:

“This is a fantastic building with impressive high ceilings and the spacious apartments are generous in size.  It’s a real credit to the client who has chosen quality over quantity, creating 12 luxury units where, previous schemes sought 15 apartments within the same space.  The high-quality specification and the provision of two parking spaces per apartment sets it as a standout development.”

Building contractors Goulden & Sons Limited are a third-generation firm founded in the 1930’s.

They are a local, family-run company and have an excellent reputation and high standards of work.   They recognised the unique opportunity in the project early on and rather than just being a contractor, they invested heavily as a joint partner in the scheme.

The project team are committed to delivering a building that reflects the history, quality and ambience befitting the site, and expect to complete on time.

The first show home is on target for completion by the end of March, and the conversion is due to be completed by late spring 2018.  Estate agents Langtown Country have been appointed and agent James Clarke is already seeing interest.

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