New Brain Injury Hospital to be built at York

Work has begun on a new brain injury hospital in York – Construction will be by GMI Construction on behalf of Henry Boot Developments (HBD).

In order to provide updated facilities GMI is to build a hospital to replace the Disabilities Trust’s current facility York House.

The Disabilities Trust works to improve the lives of people with disabilities and supports those with acquired brain injuries.

Plans for this new facility, on the site of the former Terry’s Chocolate factory were granted in October 2021 and completion is planned by February 2023.

The new hospital will be the latest phase of HBD’s Chocolate Works Development which is part of a nine year regeneration project, which began with the restoration of the former Terry’s Chocolate Orange Factory. Five of its listed buildings were on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register when HBO purchased in 2013.

“Run by a highly dedicated and experienced team who have helped hundreds of people, the unit is an important resource for the city so it is exciting to see work begin on site” said Tom Wheldon HBD director.

He went on to say how they are pleased to have been able to support the Disabilities Trust in securing its future in York, and as the charity begins its next chapter at the Chocolate Works we very much look forward to working with the team.

Director of Corporate Services at the Disabilities Trust, Bill Chidgey said: “This is an exciting milestone for us to see work starting on site – we are grateful to have secured the future of the unit in York and we are eager to see the plans come to life and become part of this wonderful community at the Chocolate Works”.