Barnes Hospital

United Kingdom

Civil engineering


Structural engineering

Our Involvement

We were appointed by Henley Homes to provide structural and civil services for the redevelopment of the Grade II listed historic Barnes Hospital site, in Cheadle Manchester.

The vision was to create 156 new homes, with 39 of these being converted into apartments and 117 new-build two, three and four bed family homes, as well as new-build townhouses constructed within and around former hospital building.

Given the buildings historic and listed heritage, our designs needed to be carefully considered. The premises had been derelict since 1999, there had been vandalism and the roof and floors were unsafe having suffered partial collapse due to years of water ingress, all this posed a risk for the façade stability. The challenge for us was how to sympathetically design the structural aspects to allow for the restoration of the hospital, whilst ensuring that new features like a basement car park wouldn’t impact or effect the original façade.

Our designs also helped to maximise the green credentials for the site. Surface water was harvested through several clever solutions, including attenuation basins, filtration strips and infiltration blankets. These solutions allowed for surface water to soak away natural, ensuring no surface water is discharged from the site.

Barnes Village has already been recognised in major national awards schemes, having won the coveted Gold Award for regeneration in the WhatHouse? Awards 2018, two International Property Awards 2018/19 and ‘Best New Development in the North’ in the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2017.