CONSTRUCTION work has commenced on a multi-million pound Cardiff housing development located on a former hospital site.
A partnership consisting of Lovell, Hafod, Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government is behind the 106-home scheme which will be located on the site of the former Lansdowne Hospital on Sanatorium Road, Canton.
The development will consist of 33 two, three and four bedroom houses and 62 one and two bedroom apartments spread across three blocks. Lovell said they expect the development to be completed by summer 2025.
It is hoped that the homes will go some way towards easing Cardiff’s housing crisis. Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for housing and communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “There is a severe shortage of good quality, affordable homes in the city and the council is exploring all opportunities to help tackle current housing pressures, including working with our housing associations partners to help bring forward new developments.”
The 100-year-old Lansdowne Hospital was already closed when Hafod acquired the site in 2019. A fire broke out at the former hospital in April 2019 which caused severe damage to the building.
Cardiff Council agreed to jointly develop the site alongside Hafod in 2021 and plans for the £24m housing scheme were approved in 2022.
Head of Development at Hafod, Neil Taylor, said: “At Hafod, we believe in building communities and making connections. We do this by developing homes in great locations, alongside responsible developers like Lovell.
“The 106 homes being created at the former Lansdowne Hospital site, will provide much needed affordable housing in the area.
“The brownfield site is making way for energy efficient homes that are built to high standards and are affordable to live in for our customers.”
Regional partnerships director at Lovell, Gemma Clissett, said: “This development will revitalise the 100-year-old, fire-damaged hospital site, and provide local people with much needed housing and sustainable public spaces, as well as boost the local economy.”