Regeneration comes to those who wait (and do the public consultation)

“Regeneration takes too long!” That was the frustrated cry of one of my former colleagues while we were working for a URC. When you’re 20-something, a possibly Polyanna vista of the future that is years away creates the same kind of impatient expectation as Christmas does in children.

What’s more, unlike Christmas, you can’t be sure regeneration will happen.

So it’s exciting to see many, many years after we managed the public consultation for redevelopment of the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport  that it is at last on the market.

James Lind, famous for his cure for scurvy, was senior physician at the hospital in the 1750s.

Once a place where wounded soldiers were treated, this huge Georgian pile is regenerating into family homes starting at £265,000, retirement homes and a care home alongside a hotel, spa, shops and offices. There’s also a library for residents.

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At Hopwood PR and Communications, we specialise in comms and stakeholder engagement in the built environment.

Since 2005, we’ve worked on consultations and engagement with planning consultants, boutinque developers, regeneration companies, ethical developers and consultants.

This was one of a couple of projects that we handled for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

Image: Royal Haslar Hospital Canada House hopwood/images