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Report - Severalls Asylum January 2016

Lew Waterfield

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913.

The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardianperiod. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence).

Closure
The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site. This includes "Chestnut Villa" (originally Children's Villa), which provides laboratory services, and "Willow House" (originally Male Acute Ward), and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). "Rivendell", a more modern building is still in use at the entrance to the site. Apart from Chestnut Villa, all remaining Buildings still in use are owned and run by North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (NEPFT).

Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the Central Boiler House in 2007.

In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry.

THE EXPLORE
Hey guys this was a really late night explore i was dead tired and cold but we pressed on anyway the place is looking a bit worse for wear and sections have what looks like been readied for demolition as the site has been sold and im assuming houses will be built on it sadly.
If SEV'S is on your list id go soon as there wont be much left soon.

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Hope you guys like...LEW
 

Lew Waterfield

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#3
Yeah its all readied to be demo'd its been sold so the NHS no longer own it there was no security around either so if your planning a visit I'd go soon as it won't be there much longer sadly.
 

Session9

A life backwards
28DL Full Member
#5
I love how that bed slowly wanders around the hospital, must be doing a wee mooch of its own :)
 

G_EX

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#7
Yeah its all readied to be demo'd its been sold so the NHS no longer own it there was no security around either so if your planning a visit I'd go soon as it won't be there much longer sadly.
I thought secca were still very much on site? Didn't know it had been sold off though!
 

Lew Waterfield

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#8
Lol I had a torch but I thought fuck it lol...
Yeah apparently secca ARE still there but we didn't see anyone all night so maybe we were just lucky I guess.
 

Supersonic

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#10
Doubt it, they only started in August. Site this big will take a good while.
Could take a look?
Watch out, secca are now employed by the housing company. Not very nice people when I went. Didn't even get inside the perimeter and was followed by secca trucks.
 

SkinnyBizz

28DL Member
28DL Member
#11
So badly want to visit one last time... is it worth the risk with the new security? also can anyone confirm it is definitely still standing
 

Supersonic

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#12
So badly want to visit one last time... is it worth the risk with the new security? also can anyone confirm it is definitely still standing
I was in a few weeks back. Entrance is more risky than before you need to keep an eye out and be on the ball at all times!

A lot is gone, Mainly corridors but lots is going quite quick. If you want to go, you'll need to go soon
 

Six

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Staff member
Moderator
#14
I think the majority is rubble now aside from the bits they were keeping but I don't think they were keeping a lot...