The Victorian Grade II listed building, a local landmark in Lancaster, will be restored and up to 440 homes created on the 16 hectare site. Work is expected to start onsite this month.
Outline planning permission has already been granted for the new build homes and the conversion of the former hospital annexe and the adjoining Campbell House, into apartments and houses.
The conversion work will be carried out by Manchester-based restoration specialists, the PJ Livesey Group, which has experience of transforming listed buildings for residential use. Livesey will be responsible for obtaining listed building consent for the development.
Story Homes will lead the development of the masterplan for the whole site and build the majority of the new properties on the site.
The HCA has worked in partnership with Lancaster City Council and English Heritage to prepare the site for the development of the new homes. The HCA is investing £3m through its accelerated land disposal programme to support a programme of enabling and infrastructure works that will include new access arrangements; upgrades to the main access road; demolition of outbuildings and asbestos removal; and further survey works linked to the planning requirements.
Designed by architect Arnold Kershaw, Lancaster Moor was built in 1882 as an annexe to accommodate mental health patients. More latterly it was used by the NHS before closing in 1999.