Website of The Care Home Environment Magazine

Derelict Reading hospital set to become care home

Dellwood Community Hospital in Reading, the scene of an infamous fire in 1954, looks set to become a care home.

The building in question was originally a hospital and then a maternity home, having been built in the 1890s as a private dwelling. The site was the scene of tragedy in the 1950s when a fatal fire took hold on an Easter Sunday. The event saw a nurse, Freda Holland, being awarded the George Cross after she saved several babies from the blaze.

The hospital was eventually closed for good in 2005 after the NHS ruled that it was no longer able to function as a modern healthcare facility. It has remained derelict ever since and was boarded up in 2021 to prevent vandalism.

A recent proposal from specialist healthcare developer Montpelier Estates to demolish the building and construct a new state of the art care facility was rejected after the local conservation area advisory committee objected to the ‘over-intensification of the site’. The committee instead suggested that the existing building be refurbished and extended.

Having gone back to the drawing board after admitting that it had not been ‘aware of the significance’ of the building and its long history, Montpelier has now applied to convert the existing building and surrounding site into a 52-bed care home. Under the new proposal, the restored building would benefit from a three-storey extension.

With planning officers having already recommended that the new plans be approved by Reading Borough Council, it seems very likely that the historic site will soon be brought back to life once again. The council is expected to make its decision in early June.

Upcoming Events

UK Care Week

NEC, Birmingham
6th - 7th July 2022

The Care Show 2022

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Wednesday 12th October - Thursday 13th October 202

Care Roadshows - London

Epsom Downs Racecourse,
18th October 2022

Care Roadshows - Cardiff

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
15th November 2022

Upcoming Events

UK Care Week

NEC, Birmingham
6th - 7th July 2022

The Care Show 2022

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Wednesday 12th October - Thursday 13th October 202

Care Roadshows - London

Epsom Downs Racecourse,
18th October 2022

Care Roadshows - Cardiff

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
15th November 2022

Step Communications Ltd, Step House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR
Tel: 01892 779999 Fax: 01892 616177
www.step-communications.com
© 2022 Step Communications Ltd. Registered in England. Registration Number 3893025