Former Newcastle nurses' home goes on the market for £1m

An historic North East building has gone on the market for more than £1m after previously been put on for sale in 2008 for £4m

Former nurses’ home Angel Heights on Westgate Road, Newcastle
Former nurses’ home Angel Heights on Westgate Road, Newcastle

A former nurses’ quarters which dates back nearly 100 years has gone on the market for more than £1m.

Angel Heights, which was previously linked to Newcastle’s General Hospital, has been put up for sale.

The 175-room building, on the city’s Westgate Road, was Wingrove Nurses Home during the Second World War and even had a tunnel leading from property to the hospital on the West Road.

More recently, it was used as an asylum seekers hostel but it has been empty for a number of years.

Now, the property, which sits in 1.38 acres of land, has gone on the market with an enormous price tag of £1.25m.

The 50,694sqft, four floor building is being marketed McGillivrays Chartered Surveyors. The company’s Magnus McGillivray said: “We’re delighted to offer this unique building to the market.

“Subject to planning, the property or site could be suitable for a range of uses. It is a most interesting and unusual property, that has already generated much interest both locally and nationally.

“It was former nurses’ quarters, which at one point in time had a tunnel going under Westgate Road, leading to the General Hospital opposite.

“I am not sure if the tunnel was built after the property for use during the war, but I am told that nurses used to use the tunnel to get to the hospital during the war.

“The building was most recently operated as an Asylum Seekers Hostel.

“The property was licenced in 2010 as a 175-bed HMO Property.”

The property was opened in 1925 by Coun JW Telford, who was at the time chairman of the Newcastle Upon Tyne Board of Guardians.

Angel Heights was bought by the Angel Group in April 2000 and transformed into a hostel.

Shortly after it opened Angel Heights hit the headlines when asylum seekers rioted after having their pocket money slashed.

Council bosses, who transported around 200 refugees from Kent to the hostel cut the refugees’ weekly allowances from £7 to £5. It was claimed they caused more than £600-worth of damage.

They also staged another violent protest into conditions they were living in.

A row also erupted and 40 residents went on hunger strike when the hostel first opened after bitter national rivals were housed next to each other.

The asylum seekers were brought to Tyneside as part of an agreement between Angel Heights and Kent County Council to reduce the numbers flooding into south coast towns.

When plans to move the asylum seekers into the hostel were first revealed, neighbours did object, with one resident describing the hostel as an “open prison”.

But, in the years after, there were mainly only positive reports that came from those living there.

The building had previously been put on the market in 2008 for £4m but its understood it wasn’t sold. Angel Group has since gone into administration.

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