Have you ever imagined living in a famous, historical building? Well now you can, as private developer Annington is restoring one of Aldershot’s oldest buildings at Union Place and transforming it to create very special apartments perfect for first time buyers
A new era beckons for one of Aldershot’s oldest buildings as Annington breathes new life into the town’s Grade II listed Union Building on Hospital Hill. The sensitive transformation of the Jacobean-styled property is underway, retaining many of the original features of a building that boasts a fascinating and varied history.
Originally built in 1629 as a sub-manor to the local Tichborne estate, the Union Building survived Civil War skirmishes, a fire and hurricane winds, before serving as a working house and a school for children.
However, it was not until the mid-19th century, that the building adopted its name. In 1954, the War Department purchased the properties and established their camp in the area, where they used the Union Building as a military hospital. However, the building’s life as a hospital was relatively short-lived and, following the opening of the Cambridge Hospital in 1879, the Union Building’s usage was changed and the Army Pay office took up occupation.
In 1907, the building was almost completely destroyed by a fire, however, extensive work was carried out to save it. During WWII the nearby Salamanca Barracks succumbed to German bombing, but the Union Building managed to avoid incendiary damage. Luckily, the period features remained and are still standing today; these include red tile roofing, wooden and metal beams, mullion windows and the original gabled entrance porch.
Now the historic building is undergoing a transformation, with Annington restoring and converting it into a range of characterful new homes, some of which will overlook a vast, landscaped communal garden. To ensure that any new materials blend seamlessly with the original building, Annington has sought advice from brick specialists, so that replicas match the same style of the original Flemish and English Bond. Once complete, Union Place will feature 17 one and two bedroom apartments, with contemporary bathrooms and kitchens. Each property will include allocated parking and access to the communal gardens.
Sally Parsons, Property Director at Annington, said, “The Union Building possesses a wonderful history and really is a landmark in Aldershot. Having fallen into a state of disrepair, we are delighted to be able to give the building a new lease of life, creating a range of distinctive homes in the process. It is fascinating to work with a listed building of such local importance, and we are retaining and enhancing as much of the original building as possible, including exposed wooden beams, iron frames and detailed brick work, whilst making only essential alterations to its structural layout – ensuring its historic integrity remains.
“There is widespread investment underway throughout Aldershot and the Council has recently produced an improved Town Centre Prospectus that has been met positively by the local community. We are sure that Union Place will become a vibrant residential area, and hope that it will play a positive role in Aldershot’s future.”
A bustling market town, Aldershot is located close to the Surrey/Hampshire border. The town has a Victorian history and prides itself on a great sense of local community and as a wonderful location to raise a family. Aldershot offers a range of excellent transport connections with direct services to London Waterloo taking less than an hour.
Homes at Union Place are on sale now. Register your interest at: annington.co.uk, or call 0800 358 1118