New lease of life for Victorian buildings

Eversfield Hospital in the late 1800s
Eversfield Hospital in the late 1800s

TWO huge derelict Victorian buildings in West St Leonards are to benefit from a multimillion pound project to restore them to their former glory.

Former hospital buildings Gambier House and West House in West Hill Road, have lain vacant for a year and have been vulnerable to decay and vandalism.

At the end of last year, both were acquired by Eversfield Regeneration group which plans to restore and convert the building into between 55 and 70 apartments, targeted at the over-55 age group.

Michael Moran, project director, said: “They have got the most amazing old features and exceptional views.”

He said that the plan was to refurbish and enhance the existing features of the building where possible, using local suppliers and materials.

The group is currently in discussion with Hastings Borough Council and is to host a pre-application consultation forum next month, with a date to be confirmed, before submitting the formal planning application.

The name Gambier House comes from Dr Thomas Gambier, who opened the Hastings and St Leonards Throat and Ear Dispensary in Trinity Street in 1882.

In 1891 the Eversfield Hospital and Home for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest and Throat was opened in West Hill Road, St Leonards given by the Eversfield Estate.

The hospital became part of the National Health service in 1948. For enquiries contact the council on 01424 451066 or email Michael Moran at