Commercial property developer Henry Boot Developments has commenced work on the new acquired brain injury hospital at the Chocolate Works in York.

The new hospital is set to be run by The Disabilities Trust, which works to improve the lives of disabled people and people with acquired brain injuries.

In October last year, the planning committee of City of York Council granted planning approval for the new acquired brain injury hospital.

The hospital will provide 36 beds across four wards and four assessment flats along with three private and internal courtyards and a therapeutic garden.

It will provide 145 healthcare jobs and retain mental health service in the city after closing The Retreat.

Construction engineering firm GMI Construction has been selected as contractor for the development of the new hospital, which is expected to be completed by February 2023.

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Henry Boot Developments Region director and head Tom Wheldon said: “The unit is an important resource for the city, run by a hugely dedicated and experienced team who have helped hundreds of people, so it’s great to see work getting underway on site”.

“We’re pleased to have been able to support the Disabilities Trust in securing its future in York, and look forward to working with the team as the charity begins its next chapter at the Chocolate Works.”

Principle architect Jefferson Sheard, and planning and heritage consultant JLL are supporting HBD and The Disabilities Trust for the new hospital development.