Severalls Hospital, (or Severalls Asylum as its was originally known) Colchester, opened in 1913 for 1800 patients. It is based on the “echelon plan”, which is a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors.
Phased closure began in the 1990s and is still in progress. A large proportion of the closed site has been earmarked for housing development but with the current credit crunch and down turn in the housing market this may not happen anytime soon.
Colchester United FC have recently moved in next door in a new purpose built 15000 all seater stadium.