First glimpse of new homes at former Walnuttree Hospital development in Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 14:55 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 02 August 2017

An aerial view of the new St Gregory's Place development at the former Walnuttree Hospital site in Sudbury.   Picture: PJ LIVESEY

An aerial view of the new St Gregory's Place development at the former Walnuttree Hospital site in Sudbury. Picture: PJ LIVESEY


Work to transform a former hospital and Victorian workhouse in Sudbury into luxury apartments is progressing rapidly with the first new homes at the site expected to go on the market next month.

Developer PJ Livesey has released this dramatic aerial shot showing the scale of the former Walnuttree Hospital site and the progress being made to bring it back into use.

The historic building is being converted into 35 new homes - a mix of apartments and houses.

Specialist teams have been working on site all year and the first properties will be launched for sale in September.

Company director Georgina Livesey said: “Seeing the building from the air gives a wonderful view of its scale and symmetry and its location within the town.

“Converting a wonderful building like this is often a journey of discovery as we uncover lots of unexpected features but our teams are very experienced and the conversion work has gone well and is on schedule.”

She added: “There has been a huge amount of interest in the development with people registering a year ago to be kept up to date with information and we hope to do some preview tours in August with the public launch in September.”

As well as the conversion properties there will be 10 new three and four bedroom homes fronting onto the town’s famous commonlands - or water meadows as they are widely known.

Prices for the properties have not yet been released.

Together the new development will be known as St Gregory’s Place - a name that has not been welcomed by everyone in the town.

Lorna Hoey, chairman of the Sudbury Society said: “What a boring, bland, uninspired name based on the church next-door and a street nearby.

“It says nothing about the history of the site which goes back to the 13th century involving Simon Theobald, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Archbishop of Canterbury, who was beheaded during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and whose head is now in St Gregory’s Church.

“Nor of Alan Phillips, one of the founders of the NHS which transformed what had been the workhouse into Walnuttree Hospital in the late 1940s of which many Sudbury people have fond memories.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sudbury Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sudbury Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sudbury Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Yesterday, 23:28

Emergency services were called to reports of a car in a ditch on the A12 south of Yoxford this evening.

Yesterday, 19:14

Writer Richard Curtis says he would love to call his new film being shot in the region ‘Suffolk Lad’ – but he doesn’t think Americans could pronounce the county’s name.


GOODS VEHICLE OPERATOR’S LICENCE T & N Haulage Ltd., of 331 Wick Road, Hackney, London, E9 5DG is applying for a licence to use

Yesterday, 23:09

A taskforce set up to support staff at a Sudbury firm earmarked for closure says it is doing “everything it can” to progress the possibility of a takeover with existing workers kept on.

Show Job Lists

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24
$render.recurse($ctx, '$content.code.value')