Care home project begins following sale of former hospital site

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 24-Jan-2023

Planning permission granted for social care facility on Clifton Hospital site in York

York is set to benefit from a new care home following the sale of Blue Beck House by NHS Property Services.

The property, located in Blue Beck Drive between Rawcliffe and Clifton on the outskirts of York city centre, was formerly part of the original Clifton Hospital site, but had been part vacant for a number of years.

After securing planning permission in August 2022 from City of York Council the three-storey property and its neighbouring outbuildings will be demolished to make way for the 72-bed dementia-friendly development, which will be managed by Torsion Care.

Currently accessed from Shipton Road, the site accommodated NRS Healthcare’s wheelchair centre, which was relocated to a new unit nearby as part of the overall plan for the site, with the support of NHS Property Services, which owns the facility.

Helen Stubbs, senior transaction manager for NHS Property Services, said: “After local health commissioners identified Blue Beck House as surplus accommodation, we were keen to ensure the site was disposed of efficiently, enabling us to reinvest the capital back into the NHS.

“We are very pleased to have completed the deal, with the support of the local planning authority enabling developers to start work on the care home facility which will undoubtedly provide additionality for local residents and their families who require care both now and in the future.”

Richard Corby, director at Lambert Smith Hampton, the agents commissioned to facilitate the sale of the property, added: “We are sure it will create a fantastic opportunity for this much-needed care facility to be developed, as well as generating significant capital reinvestment back to the NHS.”

Construction work has already started on the site, with completion expected in spring 2024.

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