We are delighted to announce that at the end of 2013 we acquired the old Peterborough District Hospital site, off Thorpe Road.

Established in 1853, Lands Improvement specialises in the development of brownfield land obtaining planning, providing vital infrastructure and ultimately helping to deliver high quality new communities.

We fully appreciate the importance and historic significance of the site locally, and with your help we want to create a high quality residential development which reflects your aspirations for the area. Our initial proposals include approximately 350 new high quality homes, an area for a new primary school and the preservation of important historic buildings.

Please visit our exhibition page to find out more information on the upcoming Public Exhibition we are holding on the 29th of January 2014, where further information on the initial plans will be on display.


The Great Northern Hotel Ballroom,

Station Approach,

Peterborough, PE1 1QL

Members of our project team will also be on hand to listen to your views and answer any questions you may have.
Parking at the hotel will be free for visitors to the exhibition. We have also reserved a number of dedicated parking spaces. On leaving the exhibition, please remember to take your parking ticket to the hotel reception who will enable you to exit the car park for free.

Copies of the exhibition material and feedback forms will also be available from 3pm Wednesday the 29th January on this website, or by calling us on freephone 0800 319 6111 or by emailing We would welcome any initial comments to be with us on Friday 21st of February 2014.

We relish the prospect of regenerating this landmark site and we look forward to hopefully meeting you at our exhibition the 29th January.



The original war memorial hospital first opened in 1928, and was taken over by the National Health Service in 1948.

The entire site now covers 22 acres. The majority of the site was vacated in 2011, the same year as the official opening ceremony of the new Peterborough City Hospital.

The purchase of the hospital site by LIH was completed in November 2013

Memorial Wing

The Memorial Wing is now listed in the adopted Local Plan as a “Building of Townscape Merit”. The majority of the existing Peterborough District Hospital building was built in phases from 1960-68 behind the Memorial Wing.

The central administrative block (photo shown) will be restored and it is envisaged could form part of a proposed new Primary School.

The Gables

The Gables was originally constructed in 1893 as a private dwelling being converted to hospital use in 1924.

Recent survey work of The Gables found that the building is structurally sound and retains much of its original fabric, although there are signs of significant wear and tear.

The PDH Regeneration Project will seek to restore the building to its former glory and become a key feature of our overall masterplan.

Big Picture

Council Policy

The Peterborough District Hospital Site ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ (SPD) was adopted by the City Council’s Cabinet on 14th June 2010. The document sets out Peterborough City Council’s ambitions for the development of the site. The Council indentified that the site could accomodate 350-550 residential dwellings, small scale convenience retail and community facilities (primarily within the Memorial Wing).

The proposals on show today respond to the SPD’s vision for the site.

The Peterborough City Centre Development Plan was published in February 2013. A pre-submission consultation on this Plan is due to take place in February 2014 before adopting the document in December 2014.

The PDH Regeneration Project will play a fundamental part in the wider regeneration of the city.



  • Proposed demolition of c.660,000 sqft of gross building area which will improve the skyline and significantly reduce the visual impact of the large former hospital buildings
  • Delivering around 350 new high quality homes
  • A new primary school to serve the local community
  • New public open space
  • New formal and informal play areas
  • Retain and integrate The Gables, The Memorial Wing and 60-62 Thorpe Road

Public Open Space

Public Open Space will be provided across the site and within easy reach of all the new homes. The largest of these will be a public Green located adjacent to The Gables building.

Children’s Play Areas will be provided on site and incorporated into the Public Open Spaces.

The Gables Area

We believe this area is most suited to large detached 4-5 bedroom family homes. They are likely to be no more than 3 storey (ground floor +2) with large rear gardens, private front gardens and off stree parking for 2 or more cars.

These large detached home will be built using quality traditional materials and will be designed to respect and fit with the architecture of The Gables. The homes will surround public open space and the area will contain tree lined streets and generous pavements.

This area will be accessed from the existing road off Thorpe Road (close to the entrance to Peterborough School) and via City Care Centre Area.