Fair Mile Hospital, South Oxfordshire
Conceived by Charles H. Howell over 140 years ago, Fair Mile's hospital buildings near Cholsey in Oxfordshire, stand as proud today as they did in 1870 - a fine example of Victorian grandeur and architectural confidence. Crow step gables, red and blue brick detailing, stone sills and mullions, sliding sash windows - countless historic hallmarks tell the story of a bygone age.
Fair Mile opened as an asylum on 30th September, 1870, designed by Howell, with grounds by Robert Marnock, the original site could accommodate 500 patients. The grand main building was joined by offices, a superintendent's house, a lodge and various cottages. There was also a farm, providing fresh dairy and produce, and a chapel.
Woodfield Brady Architects, working with other consultants, planners and the Homes & Communities Agency, successfully achieved a sympathetic design & conversion of this important building which delivers 130 new dwellings and community uses within the former wards and dayrooms around beautifully re-landscaped 'airing court' gardens.
Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent - July 2009
What House? Awards 2014, Best Renovation Silver Winner
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