I really can't go much further in the blog with out saying a bit on Linden Homes & Thomas Homes who were so helpful in letting me have access to the site.
Back in 2010 I noticed that more activity had been going on around Fairmile Hospital, rumour had it that work would soon be started on the derelict site. I had been wanting to go and get photo’s of the place for quite a while but did to want to go climbing fences to gain access (I’d missed my chance when it shut) so I emailed the owners of the site only to get the usual fobbing off, then one day I noticed things were happening round the place and popped up to see if I could find some one to talk with. As luck would have I saw Simon Pendleton from Linden and he seemed hopeful it could happen. He also told me Thomas Homes were going to be working on the main building. A quick look on the Internet and I found Thomas homes and emailed Hugh Thomas the MD and arranged a meeting. Hugh was very interested in what I wanted to do and gave permission for my project. I had to see Nick Monigue who was his site manager who gave me a health and safety talk.
I enlisted the help of Nigel Peterson to help with recording the building and we started in September 2010.
This was how the site looked the day I arrived to record the building with security fencing surrounding it.
The main building looking across the tennis courts.
Brickies hard at work on the Schuster Houses.
The sales team were never far away.
They had a show home to organise to sell the houses that were being built.
and welcome to the show home.
Thomas homes seemed to be a little behind in their work but the task they had was greater in that they were converting the old hospital building into housing.
This meant demolishing some parts
Taking out the flooring for new footings to the extent of bring in mini diggers to do the work like this work in the old Farringdon ward.
The Didcot ward extension was demolished
along with the kitchen opening up even more space.
Faringdon ward in a stripped down state as they started the work laying new joists and waste pipes.
At the front of the building a slab apeared.
Then a building started to go up
and soon Thomas Homes had it's sales office
Complete with drive flags and a hording to hide the building while the work went on.
Faringdon ward took on a new look
Linden were also building a new sales and marketing suite
The steel part was to support the building
The building being fitted out
Just after being opened
The new sales and marketing suit
Thomas Homes were also on the move
The Ipsten Ward site was nearly ready for furnishing.
All the wood had been replaced on the walls
The place looked different when furnished
feeling more like a home than an old hospital ward
The next stage is on the way to being built.
Looking down the next phase of the linden homes site.
Weeks later and the houses are looking like they should be.
Work on the main building goes on at a pace
With the last part Hemitage ward now being started.
And round the back where the old Didcot ward was is now nearing completion.
By the end of the year all the site will be getting worked on and the Linden homes side should be nearing completion as will be the main building.The hall should also be open by then and I would think that half the site will have people living in it. Fairmile is becoming a community again.
2014 the entrance to the hall looked like this
The Didcot ward lawn now
And around the back of the boilerhouse
The old acess road to the Sales Offfice has gone and now a footpathand parkland have taken it's place
Natural artwork replaced the storage area and site offices that were nearby
The last pase of the houseing was finished in 2015 and the site offices mooves out and the area landscaped.