Development Starts at former Hospital in Bracebridge Heath


A £40 million development has been announced by Mabec developers to renovate a historic hospital site in Lincolnshire into 106 luxury homes and apartments, including 77 new build family homes in the grounds of the 18 acre site.

Situated in Bracebridge Heath, two miles from Lincoln, work has already started on the former St John’s Hospital, soon to be St John’s Village, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area.

Originally a Victorian hospital built to treat people with mental illnesses and home disadvantaged families, the site has been vacant for around 24 years.

The project is a challenge that Mabec – headed by director Mark Elliott – has been preparing to take on for some time.

Mark said: “St John’s is an incredible site bursting with potential. The architecture is stunning and the history of the imposing buildings and surrounding grounds is extremely interesting.

“We are sympathetically renovating the existing property and building individually styled new houses to offer over 106 beautiful homes that will provide a unique living environment just outside of Lincoln.

“This kind of development is what I get really excited about – the potential of the existing site, the heritage of St John’s and being able to create such a special place for people to live in for generations to come. I’m really pleased to be able to bring St John’s back to life.”


St John’s is a limestone faced Grade II listed building and was originally built in 1852. The regeneration element will offer 64 houses and 42 apartments, including some that will sit inside the shell of the former large theatre to the centre of the site.

Mabec is working with Lincolnshire’s premier estate agent, Pygott and Crone, to market St John’s Village over the three to five-year project.

Tim Downing, senior partner at Pygott and Crone said: “This scheme will breathe much needed new life into the grounds, much to the delight of local residents. Bracebridge Heath is a vibrant community with many local amenities and St John’s is affectionately known by those in the local community.

“The site has a fantastic location – close to central Lincoln and access to major road links around the county and beyond and will offer a simply stunning setting for home owners that is unlike anywhere else in the county.

“The first phase of the development – 10 luxury apartments and seven new build, four bedroom detached houses – will be complete in August this year and we are already seeing high levels of demand to own a piece of St John’s Village.”

The Mabec team have over 50 years’ experience in property development, the last decade being dedicated to the regeneration of older buildings in the East Midlands.  The development of St John’s is possibly one of the largest such regeneration projects in the country at this time.

Designed by architects Hamilton and Thomas Percy, the asylum was built at a cost of around £30,000 in 1852. Mabec acquired the site in early 2012.

For more information contact Jennie Holland, Annie Bowden or Isabel Dunmore at Cartwright Communications on 0115 853 2110.

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Mabec was formed to become a regional force in the residential development market. We have started the journey with a number of high profile acquisitions and are making good progress on several larger scale, often challenging, development sites.


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