Transformation approved as Radbrook celebrates anniversary

As Shrewsbury’s iconic, former Radbrook College celebrates its 120 year anniversary, Shropshire based developer Floreat Homes has secured permission to begin its transformation of this beautiful building.

Shropshire Council has approved plans to create 17 one to two-bedroom spacious apartments catering for high spec, modern living, with features including under floor heating, bespoke kitchens and beautiful sanitary ware.

Permission has also been granted for the sympathetic development of 15 acres of prime Shrewsbury parkland, delivering a mix of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom bespoke new homes within an elegant and mature landscape that will make up Radbrook Village.

At its heart will be the magnificent Radbook Hall, originally designed by C R Dalgleish and which began life as the Shropshire Technical School for Girls, before becoming Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology. This year sees the 120th anniversary of the commencement of work on the building.

Floreat are carefully and sensitively taking away the extraneous extensions which have grown out of the building over the past century to leave the original shape, which will provide entrances to most of the ground floor apartments.

In a bid to forge a strong connection between the past and the present, Floreat aim to retain as many of the original features as they can, especially as they uncover snapshots of rich history.

Features will be restored including the glorious stained-glass windows and the elaborate lantern at the head of the stair case. Work on the building’s door frames has already revealed carpenters’ initials as rooms were dated and labelled.

Life will be breathed back into the original Victorian hall, sympathetically retaining the former apple store, cheese store, teachers’ room and headmaster’s house.

Matthew Hill, head of development at Floreat said: “We are delighted to be given the final nod from planners, ensuring that we can now proceed with our plans.

“Over the next four years, we are committed to our vision of a development that beautifully weaves together the old and new – historical architecture with high spec modern living and designs.”

 This autumn will see the demolition of the campus buildings, whilst preserving the Victorian structures such as Radbrook Hall, the Lodge and Walker House.

The New Year will then see the start of 126-new build constructions designed by award winning architects, who have created modern designs providing generous space standards, with strong architectural features, such as large windows that maximise natural light in the spacious rooms.

A new concept in contemporary living will deliver the 4-bedroom Brook design that aims to bring the outside in with its double height glazed glass screen filling the house with light, while the adaptable 3-bedroom Mews and Stables homes offer a stunning twist on the traditional bungalow. 

A selection of independent living affordable houses will be retained and managed by Floreat’s parent company South Shropshire Housing Association.

For further information about Radbrook Village, visit the website at www.radbrookvillage.com

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