Demolition of Frank Gardham House on former Whittingham Mental Hospital site

Posted on - 5th November, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, Preston News, Woodplumpton

Inside one of the Whittingham buildings due for demolition Pic: scrappyNW

A large building on the former Whittingham Mental Hospital site is to be demolished.


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust say the Frank Gardham House should be pulled down as part of the building of new homes across the former asylum site.

Work is already underway to demolish many of the other hospital buildings.

Gardham House, located in the Guild Park, has not been used for the last four years.

An application for demolition from the Frank Whittle Partnership states: “The two store institutional building, used for mental health older adult inpatient facilities has not been used for around four years and is surplus to the Trust’s needs.

“It is inadequate for current mental health requirements. There have been problems with thefts and damage done on the site.

“The Trust are looking to remove health and safety concerns and demolish the building. The area where the building stands is to be grassed over following completion.”

The planning application was received by Preston City Council in August, and Frank Whittle Partnership say the building would be down by the end of November if given permission.

Permission for 650 new homes on the site has been granted to the Homes and Communities Agency and the development of the area is expected to take up to 12 years to complete.

A letter of consultation has been sent to Whittingham Parish Council.

Anyone can give comments on the planned demolition via the council website.

Or by emailing by Friday 7 November quoting reference 06/2014/0787.

Do you have any memories of this building? Did you work there? Let us know in the comments below

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