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Nurses’ flats at Bootham Park Court to be demolished
A DERELICT nursing accommodation block at York Hospital is to be be demolished this summer, NHS bosses have said.
Bootham Park Court will be knocked down to make way for “new facilities” at the Wigginton Road site after City of York Council’s plans to turn the site into temporary accommodation proved too expensive.
Brian Golding, director of estates and facilities at the hospital trust, said: “We have been given planning permission to demolish the former nursing accommodation at Bootham Park Court, and we are now in the process of appointing a contractor.
“We hope to complete the demolition work this summer.
“The Bootham Park Court site forms part of our longer-term development plan for the hospital, with a view to building new facilities to house some of our services.”
Coun Tracey Simpson-Lang, City of York Council’s housing chief, fought to have the site renovated and turned over to the Property Guardian’ scheme, whereby tenants would live in the building on a short-term basis until its future was decided.
The scheme was scrapped when it was found that it would cost £5 million to bring the building up to habitable condition because it would have needed new windows and a new roof.
Coun Simpson-Laing said: “I’m pleased that the site is coming into development but it was a shame that Property Guardian didn’t think it was appropriate for use in the time it was empty.”
The accommodation block comprises hundreds of former nursing flats but was taken out of use in 2009 when the hospital stopped homing nurses on site.