Retirement site building starts

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Construction work is set to start in converting a historic building in to a leisure facility.

The refurbishment project, at St Elphin’s house, in Darley Dale, will see the Victorian building transformed into the Audley Club, with facilities including a restaurant, bistro bar, lounge, library and eight luxurious apartments.

A health and wellbeing centre with swimming pool will also be created from part of the building once used as Darley Dale Hydro.

The work is the next stage of a major scheme to develop the site in to a retirement village, by company Audley.

St Elphin’s Park general manager, Bruce Wragg said: “This is an exciting time for the staff and residents at St Elphin’s Park.

“Audley villages are designed to maximise retirement living with a well equipped home, use of wonderful social and leisure facilities and access to Audley homecare as and when required.

“With work starting on the main house, both existing residents and members of the local community will soon be able to enjoy all the benefits of Audley living.”

Craig Stevens, site manager, added “I am really looking forward to working on this project and transforming the empty, old buildings into beautiful homes and a luxurious setting for people to relax in and enjoy.”

The village, set in 44 acres of parkland, currently has 24 two bedroom cottages and apartments and upon completion, will be home to 130 properties.

The £5million investment has a scheduled 12 month build programme with work carried out by Cheadle-based Browns Construction Group.

Bill Murphy, managing director at Browns said: “Browns has a long history of working on listed buildings and those treasured by the local community, so we have an understanding of the complexities involved with the conversion of an historic building.”

Prices at St Elphin’s Park start at £249,000 for a two bedroom cottage.