The British Red Cross has announced McCarthy and Stone, “the UKs leading retirement home developer” as the purchaser of Knutsford War Memorial Cottage Hospital (Memorial House).
The British Red Cross reported that several offers to purchase the building were received and a panel of surveyors considered all the offers, taking into account a range of factors including local housing needs and the bidders’ willingness to honour the historical significance of the site, and fully consult with the local community on plans for its future.
The British Red Cross has confirmed that its share of the proceeds from the sale will fund its work helping people in crisis. The Crown Estate and NHS are also understood to be receiving a portion of the proceeds and the NHS has not responded to a request from the Town Council to commit to ring-fencing its portion of proceeds for future medical facilities in Knutsford.
McCarthy and Stone have confirmed they will be looking at various development options for the land and have committed to keep the community updated; priding themselves on their track record for consulting with communities.
Ian Wilkins, regional MD for McCarthy and Stone North West said: “McCarthy and Stone is delighted to have been named the purchaser for the Memorial House site in Knutsford and we will ensure that a thorough community engagement programme is undertaken and that local people can feed back into our plans when drawn up”
The Town Council has been in contact with McCarthy and Stone and a meeting is being coordinated with the council’s War Memorial Hospital working group to discuss the future of the building.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green commented “We will be emphasising the importance of the preservation of this building, the Town’s War Memorial, and providing McCarthy and Stone with the history of the building and its importance to the community.”