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Transformation of town's former hospital site complete

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The transformation of a town's old Victorian cottage hospital into affordable homes and a community hub is complete.

Work to bring Southwold's former hospital building back into public use has seen a number of enterprises now open their doors at the site.

The redevelopment scheme was devised by community group SouthGen, formed in 2017, with the aim of retaining the former hospital site for community use.

Southwold's former hospital site has been transformed into a community hub and affordable housing. - Credit: Paul Starr

The Old Hospital Nursery was the first service to open its doors at the Field Stile building earlier this year on April 25, followed by the library on May 5.

Now, the site boasts a farm-to-fork community cafe, The Canteen, and the Southwold Works co-working space, as well as nine affordable homes provided by Hastoe Housing Association which bought the freehold in 2018 and gave SouthGen a 999 year lease for a peppercorn rent.

Jessica Jeans, chairwoman of SouthGen, pours a special Adnams beer over the rebuilt hospital at the topping out........

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