Family Mosaic and Rydon, working in partnership with HTA Architects, have submitted a planning application to redevelop the site of the former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The hospital has been released to market by the Mayor, Boris Johnson as part of his ongoing commitment to accelerate the number of homes being built for Londoners by releasing public land for development.
It is proposed that 188 new homes will be provided, comprising 116 for private sale, 48 for affordable rent and 24 for shared ownership, together with a basement car park and a newly formed pedestrian route through the site.
The 0.64 hectare site currently comprises a decommissioned children's hospital and associated accommodation for nurses. It is located in close proximity to two conservation areas, Hackney City Farm as well as several Grade II Listed properties. The plans would involve the demolition of the existing hospital buildings whilst retaining the facade of the original hospital building on Hackney Road, which was built in 1904.
Angela Wood, Development Director at Family Mosaic, commented:
‘’This is a significant opportunity for our team to build an outstanding development including much needed affordable housing on a site that has been empty for 16 years. We feel our proposals will significantly enhance the local area, and will create work and training opportunities for local people.’’
A series of consultation events have given local stakeholders the opportunity to comment on and have input into the design. A number of changes have been incorporated following their feedback, which included provision of community enterprise space, additional affordable housing and the choice of materials used.
All homes would be compliant with the London Housing Design Guide, developed by the Mayor of London, and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. 30% of the homes would be designed as family accommodation and 10% would be wheelchair adaptable.
Family Mosaic and Rydon were chosen by the Mayor of London as their preferred delivery partner for the re-development of the hospital site in April 2012.
If planning permission is granted work is expected to start in summer 2013 and would be completed in phases by summer 2017.