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Livesey finishes Lancaster Moor works

PJ Livesey has completed the final phase of the conversion of Lancaster Moor, a listed Gothic former asylum, into 170 apartments.

Built in 1882 as an extension to the existing asylum, Lancaster Moor once housed more than 3,000 patients. The building was latterly transferred to the NHS and used as a mainstream hospital and then a local clinic before closing in 1999.

It was left vacant for a decade before being taken over by the Homes & Communities Agency in 2011, which then worked with Lancaster City Council and English Heritage to prepare the site for development, investing £3m for enabling and infrastructure works including new access, demolition of redundant outbuildings and asbestos removal.

PJ Livesey was appointed in November 2012 to take on the listed building elements of the 13-acre site, with Carlisle-based Story Homes selected to deliver the majority of new build on the surrounding land.

The first apartments were completed in 2014 as the restoration took place in phases. Work on all flats has now finished.

In total, the project has provided 440 homes.

The conversion also includes the main tower, which is now a four-storey home with open roof terrace.

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