Designs revealed for luxury housing on historic Steep Hill site

Proposals to convert a 239-year-old former college and chapel off Steep Hill in Lincoln into luxury housing have been submitted to city planners.

Chad Varah House, a Grade II listed building in the Cathedral Quarter, was sold to developers with the view to creating 14 sensitively renovated upmarket flats and houses.

The two to four bedroom homes within the 30,000 sq ft site would range from £350,000 to £1 million.

Designs for Chad Varah House: Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

Designs for Chad Varah House: Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

The chapel on site, which was added in 1906, would be converted into a single property, entered via a ‘glass box on the north east corner. The organ would also be relocated.

The chapel would be turned into a single luxury property.

The chapel would be turned into a single luxury property.

Constructed in 1777 as the county hospital, the building’s carnations have also included  roles as education centres for both De Montfort University, the University of Lincoln and most recently housed the Lincoln UTC.

The site was originally constructed as the county hospital. Image Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

The site was originally constructed as the county hospital. Image Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

Award-winning architect Jonathan Hendry has been working with the team on the project.

The 18th century building on Wordsworth Street was bought by Dean Draper of Peach Estates, who formed a joint company with developers Philip Good and Colin Holden.

Designs for Chad Varah House. Current facade above with design proposal below: Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

Designs for Chad Varah House. Current facade above with design proposal below: Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd

He said previously: “I have been trying to acquire this amazing property, which is probably the most important undeveloped building in the uphill area of the city, since 2006.

“The two, three and four bed apartments and houses will range in size from 1,150 sq ft to 3,700 sq feet and the elevation facing Drury Lane will be dramatic and eye-catching.”

They hope to begin construction in January 2017 with the aim of opening the luxury homes up to buyers by December 2017.

Plans will be considered by the City of Lincoln Council at a later date.