19th century gatehouses in Swinton revived



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A computer generated image of new housing in Birchfield Court, Swinton

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Gatehouses from a 19th-century ‘micro-estate’ in Swinton are given a new lease of life thanks to a housing developer.

The former Swinton Hall nursing home on Worsley Road is being demolished to make way for a new 20-family residential area.

The site was previously known as Birchfield House, comprising the main house, gardens, two gatehouses, a road approaching the house with a gated entrance and boundary walls.

Elan Homes honors the history of the site, naming the development Birchfield Court and refurbishing the gatehouses to provide a pair of two bedroom detached homes and a new gated community.

Philip Palmer, Land Director of Elan Homes in the North, said: “Recycling redundant sites such as the former Swinton Hall Nursing Home is an important part of our land acquisition strategy.

“The gatehouses will be converted into elegant new homes, alongside 18 new homes providing an intimate, yet secure, gated development, with the addition of a stunning feature of the original gates being renovated.”

Elan has full planning permission for the plan, which will offer a choice of three and four bedroom new build properties in a mix of stables, semi-detached and detached designs, in addition to the two bedroom houses in the converted gatehouses.

The first homes at Birchfield Court will go up for sale in the summer of 2022.

Linked to the development, Elan has committed to investing more than £200,000 in the local community and education.

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