New lease of life for derelict Melton Lodge

New lease of life for derelict Melton Lodge

Wyndham Lodge, which dates back to the 1840s, is being completely restored by Sowden and converted to accommodate nine luxury apartments.

The restoration project of the Grade II listed building has involved replacing all the wood in the lodge as well as constructing a new central staircase, floors, and windows.

A hunting lodge has stood on the Ankle Hill site close to Melton centre since 1760.

It was renamed Wyndham Lodge in 1840 by the governor of the Tower of London, Colonel Charles Wyndham, who moved there to indulge his passion for foxhunting.

In 1870 it was bought by a William Chaplin who had it completely remodelled in local stone.

In 1920 it was bought by Colonel Richard Dalgleish who donated it to the town of Melton for use as a hospital.

It was christened the War Memorial Hospital in honour of the dead of the Great War, and used continuously as a hospital until it was abandoned in 2002.

Sowden’s managing director Roy Coley said the restoration of the derelict lodge had been a huge project.

He said: "It was a big project which got bigger the more we went into it. The woodwork had dry rot, so that has been completely replaced, along with the floors, window frames and the central staircase.

“It is now getting a new lease of life, with nine individually designed apartments in what is once again a magnificent building.”

The lodge is the centrepiece of the Wyndham Grange development which consists of 44 new three, four and five-bedroomed homes as well as the luxury apartments in the lodge and smaller dwellings in a French-style renovated coach house.

Almost half of the homes are finished or nearing completion, with the remainder, along with site services and roads, due for completion soon.

Showhomes have been opened to show off the individually designed houses and apartments.

As well as the new homes, the site includes landscaping and five acres of communal woodland leading down to the River Eye.

A state-of-the-art nursing home is also planned for part of the site.

Established in 1950, the Leicester city centre-based Sowden Group has been involved in some of the biggest regeneration projects in Leicester, providing much-needed Grade A office space, retail units and city centre accommodation.

Sowden also played an instrumental role in the £300 million Highcross shopping centre development.

The group is also involved in residential projects throughout the county of Leicestershire, including major developments in Loughborough and Melton Mowbray.

Recent projects include a 3,750 sq m supermarket for Asda and office space in Pioneer Park, Leicester, the Travelodge and Gala Casino in Leicester and Nottingham's Castle Wharf.

Published: 27 November 2017

Article by Chris Middleton
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