The New Year Heralds A New Life To St John's Hospital
01 Jan 2013

The New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and new resolutions. It may also be the right time to think about buying a new home. 

The Office for Budget Responsibility (an independent but Government funded economic forecaster) has recently predicted a surge in housing market activity which it says will begin in 2013. It estimates that by 2013/14 we could see a 20% rise in the number of people buying and selling homes compared to the previous year. 

It appears the somewhat sluggish market that has persisted over the last few years is about to get a new lease of life.

In tune with these optimistic new beginnings, work has begun at the old St John’s Hospital in Chelmsford where Linden Homes is embarking on a joint venture with Inland Homes. Together, they are turning this historic site into an exciting new development of new and refurbished homes. Once it is complete, it will offer 1 and 2 bed apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bed houses.  

St John’s is on the edge of Chelmsford in a very convenient location and you’ll get a lot for your money here: Prices for the new Linden Homes will range from £150,000 to £375,000.

Several historic parts of the old hospital building are going to be saved and given a new lease of life. Parts of the site date back to the mid-19th century and over the years the hospital formed very strong links with the town. Although St John’s closed its doors in 2010 when the last of its services were transferred to Broomfield Hospital, its legacy lives on in Chelmsford and it is estimated that around half of the town’s population were born there. 

If the OBR prediction proves to be right and there’s going to be a surge of house buying and selling in 2013, then it might be a good idea to get ahead of the crowd: You can register your interest in these new and refurbished homes in Chelmsford, by calling our sales team for more information on 0844 488 1642.


For further information, contact Claire McCowan or Tracy Mannion at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893 or

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