Revamp for St James’

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PART of a hospital and former mental asylum is to be restored and renovated.

St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton, which dates back to around 1878, is to be preserved through extensive conservation work by company Stone Edge.

The firm will carry out work, which includes specialist stone cleaning, repairs and re-pointing of the handmade Swanage red bricks using natural lime-based products, and repairs and replacement of the Bath stone window.

The external work is due to begin this month and will run for 24 weeks.

Kevin Marett, who had worked on projects such as The Palace of Westminster, St Pancras Station, HM Treasury and the new Memorial to Her Majesty The Queen Mother, will head the revamp.

He said: ‘We are delighted to be working on a building so rich in history.’