The derelict, arson-ravaged Hornsey Rise Care Home near Market Bosworth has finally been demolished to make way for an exciting development of new homes by award-winning local builders Springbourne Homes.
Bulldozers have flattened the once distinguished building which, in its prime, sat within ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens but which had turned into a dilapidated, vandalised, eye-sore since it closed in 2012.
Only the old church remains on the site and Springbourne intend to renovate, re-style and extend it to provide one of 19 new homes at the enviable, Bosworth Road location in Wellsborough.
Springbourne’s Managing Director Adrian Burr oversaw the demolition and said afterwards: “In some ways it was sad to see this old building come down because there is nearly 100 years of history and heritage attached to it.
“However, the home had deteriorated dramatically since it closed and it really had become a blot on the landscape and a haven for arsonists, vandals and fly-tippers.
“Demolition is the first step towards transforming the blighted site into a stylish, new development that I believe will be a real boost and asset for the area.”
Springbourne, whose headquarters are in Coton Road, Nuneaton, has already been granted outline planning permission by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and has now submitted detailed plans of their architect-designed homes and the lay-out of the development for full planning permission.
They hope to begin construction of Phase One of the project later this spring with the sought-after three, four and five bedroomed homes going on sale soon afterwards.
Adrian added: “We have already received a lot of interest in this development because it is in such an enviable position in the heart of the countryside.
“Our aim is to deliver homes as stunning as the location and we are working closely with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to create something truly special here.
“We have just submitted our plans to them for full planning permission and we’re hoping to make a formal announcement and publish details of the scheme very soon.”
The old convalescent home opened in 1921 as the Natsopa Memorial Home in honour of members of the now-defunct Natsopa trade union who lost their lives in World War One. The home cared for retired or injured members and their wives.
In 1974, the site was taken over by Pilgrim Homes who cared for elderly Christians there until the home closed for good in 2012.
The care home may have gone now but Springbourne intend to pay homage to the heritage of the site by naming their new development – Hornsey Rise.