Over 40 ex-nurses of the former Sunnyside Royal Hospital near Montrose recently visited the iconic site, marking Sunnyside’s new lease of life as a housing development. The psychiatric hospital was the first public asylum in Scotland and famous patients included Charles Altamont Doyle, father of Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The new homes, developed by Sunnyside Estates - a partnership between Tayside construction firm Pert-Bruce and Edinburgh based developer FM Group on behalf of Hillcrest Homes - are set to be the first of two phases of affordable homes at the site.
Work on the first phase of homes is expected to be completed in summer 2021, with the second phase which will deliver an additional 59 homes set to begin work that same year. 94 homes in total will be earmarked for social rent.
Angela Linton, Hillcrest Chief Executive, said: “Sunnyside has a huge historical significance to the local area, and we’re delighted that the hospital building will be preserved for future generations as part of the wider development plans. As well as boosting Angus’ affordable housing provision, these 35 properties being developed for Hillcrest in the beautiful grounds of the estate will give families a modern, energy efficient place to call home.”
The iconic building, which still stands today near the village of Hillside, was designed by William Lambie Moffat and completed in 1858.
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