A FORMER day hospice building which closed when it faced having its water supply cut off has been put up for sale.

Farleigh Hospice ran a day service for Maldon patients with life limiting illnesses from the building at the Bentalls complex on Colchester Road in Heybridge.

But the hospice decided to relocate the service with the centre shutting its doors in December as a nearby factory, which supplied water to the building, was being decommissioned.

Farleigh Hospice had already been looking for new premises due to the repair works needed and a lack of space at the centre. Three months on, no site has yet been identified.

The centre had offered patients support, assessment and nursing care and creative activities such as arts and crafts.

Now the building has been listed for sale with estate agents Fenn Wright with a guide price of £250,000.

The listing described the site as a “unique opportunity to acquire a former hospice/community building”.

It said the site would be suitable for a number of uses subject to planning permission.

It added: “A single story former hospice which comprises an open plan communal lounge and dining area together with a variety of rooms such as offices, treatment rooms, meeting rooms and stores.

“A full equipped commercial kitchen is provided as well as male, female and disabled WC facilities.”

A spokesman confirmed the hospice is continuing to look for a suitable base for a day service centre in Maldon and "are exploring all options".

The day hospice building in Maldon first opened in July 1995, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015.

At the time of the closure a spokesman said: “We have been looking for an alternative building in the Maldon area prior to closing the current building, but we have so far been unable to find a suitable location.

“Farleigh Hospice will continue to offer our patients and carers the support they need, and they will be given a number of options on what this support will be until a new building opens.”