New life for girls’ school

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WORK has started on the next phase of a project to revamp a former girls’ boarding school site into a retirement village.

Developer Audley Retirement is converting the main building on the St Elphin’s Park site at Darley Dale, near Matlock – a Victorian mansion – into facilities for residents plus apartments.

A spokeswoman said: “St Elphin’s House will provide the Audley Club with beautiful facilities, including a restaurant, bistro bar, lounge, library, swimming pool and health and wellbeing centre, as well as eight apartments.”