Principle to manage Grade II-listed former Shrewsbury hospital converted into luxury homes

A Grade II-listed former 19th century hospital in Shropshire that has been converted into luxury homes is to be looked after by Principle Estate Management.

What’s now known as Leighton Park totals 250 homes. Of these, the management instruction includes 126 apartments and 59 houses, many of which were originally Victorian buildings at the former Shelton hospital on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, along with some newly built properties.

Principle has won the contract from Shropshire Homes, who are experts in sensitively redeveloping historical buildings into impressive residential sites.

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle, explained that the appointment came after Leighton Park residents’ residents’ association had been unhappy with the previous agent’s performance.

He said: “I’ve known Shropshire Homes for many years having originally been introduced by one of our freeholder clients, and I’m impressed at their painstaking refurbishment of these substantial 19th century buildings.

“This is one of those properties that puts a smile on your face when you drive onto site. This fits nicely into our portfolio as we took another 100+ unit development in Shrewsbury into management just before Christmas. We hope to provide some benefits of scale for our Customers by utilising contactors across both developments. ”

“We are delighted to have been appointed to manage the estate with the full approval of the residents’ association, and we’re looking forward to working hard to ensure the development is properly looked after for many years to come.

Richard Shackleton, managing director of Shropshire Homes, said: “We are property developers but we love the buildings we are involved with and care about our customers’ post-sales experience.

“We are still on site developing the final stages of this conversion and it was clear that a change of agent was required given the regular feedback received from the residents which meant I was becoming increasingly involved in the property management.

“I introduced Principle to the residents’ association, explaining that we had already commissioned them to manage one of our other developments in Staffordshire, and their appointment at Leighton Park was unanimously agreed.

“There will be a lot for Principle to deal with on the takeover and initial setup and then to get things back on track, but we’re very confident that they will deliver the services required.”