£35m plan to redevelop former children's hospital in Tower Hamlets
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Tower Hamlets hospital
A planning application has been submitted for the £35 million redevelopment of a former hospital into 188 new homes in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Family Mosaic and Rydon, working in partnership with HTA Architects, plan to redevelop the site of the former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital, which has been released to market by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Out of the 188 new homes, 116 are 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 close 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.
Family Mosaic development director Angela Wood said: "’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.’"
All homes would be compliant with the London Housing Design Guide, developed by the Mayor of London, and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.
Altogether, 30 percent of the homes would be designed as family accommodation and 10 percent 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.