Historic Fitzroy House to be Redeveloped by Longacre

Published Friday 29th July 2016 Permission granted for Fitzroy House scheme

Historic Fitzroy House, in Great Pulteney Street, Bath, has been sold and will be developed by local property firm Longacre.

The Grade 1 listed property, which dates from 1790, was originally five Georgian townhouses. It was converted into a hotel in the early part of the 1900s and converted into sheltered housing for older people in 1975.

The property was earmarked for sale by current owners Anchor because it would have needed very extensive renovation, including significant fire compartmentation upgrades, to make it suitable for future generations of older people.

Claire Williams, District Manager for Fitzroy House, said: “People are living longer and often have higher support or care needs than was the case in the past. This is a truly remarkable building but its age and layout make it unsuitable for future generations of older people and even with very significant investment it could still not be adapted fully to meet the needs of vulnerable people with the grade 1 listing in place on the property.

“We are obliged by our charitable status to ensure we get best value for the site so we can reinvest proceeds into our older people’s housing and care services.”

More than 30 housing associations were approached to see if they were interested in purchasing the property. However, none made an offer.