Plan to convert hospital chapel into homes

Middlewood Chapel conversion plan
Middlewood Chapel conversion plan

PLANS for the restoration of the historic Middlewood Hospital chapel for housing have been submitted to the council.

The grade II-listed building, which was opened in 1872 and formed part of the former Middlewood psychiatric hospital complex, has been abandoned for many years while the site was developed as Wadsley Park Village.

Now Sheffield architectural design consultancy Coda Studios is looking for council approval for conversion into townhouses and apartments, with a proposed extension of partially underground eco-friendly bungalows.

“We believe this development will allow the chapel to retain its full visual impact but at the same time bring it fully into the 21st century,” said David Cross, managing director of Coda Studios, which started community consultation in 2009.

He added: “Once completed, the restoration will provide a real focal point for Wadsley Park Village and preserve a site of great historical importance for future generations.”

The council will assess the application for its impact on the listed building and its surroundings.