Part of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone has reopened its doors again – this time to provide more new homes in the district.

The Victorian building, which has stood empty since the last ward closed in 2006, has been converted into 18 quality apartments just a stone’s throw from Radnor Park and Folkestone Central station.

A range of one and two bedroom properties – all finished to a high standard and with allocated parking included – have been made available to rent via Oportunitas, Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s housing and regeneration company.

Oportunitas chairman Cllr Patricia Rolfe was joined by council leader Cllr David Monk for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed the completion of the first phase of the project.

She said: “The regeneration of this building, which has retained many of its original features, is very impressive. The apartments have a modern and bright feel whilst being sympathetic to their location within this landmark heritage building.

“Oportunitas aims to provide a benchmark for good practice in the private rental sector through the provision of high quality homes for local residents.

“The scheme will also generate income to help fund council services across the whole district in the future, so this really is a win-win for everyone. Anyone wanting to find out more about the homes can register their interest now.”

There was one unit left to rent out at the time of writing.

With phase one of the development now complete, eyes turn to the new block being built on the site to provide a further 19 apartments. It is hoped this work will be completed by late next year.

Oportunitas is a company wholly owned by Folkestone & Hythe District Council to provide more homes for local people and to promote new employment and housing opportunities.

Visit oportunitas.co.uk for photos and more information.

By Ed

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