New homes and medical facilities form part of the long-term vision for the Edmonton site, reports James Cracknell
Plans to build hundreds of homes on parts of the North Middlesex University Hospital site have been unveiled.
The Greater London Authority (GLA), which bought the land two years ago, is aiming to build 220 homes on the Edmonton site, with half “genuinely affordable” and at least ten set aside for NHS staff.
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is itself planning to build a multi-storey car park close to the northern entrance to help offset the loss of parking spaces in the south and east of the site, where the GLA plans to build its homes. More housing could be developed in other parts of the site in future.
Architects IBI Group have put together a master-plan encompassing proposals from both the GLA and North Mid, with new and expanded hospital facilities also forming part of the wider long-term redevelopment over the next 15 years – incorporating the trust’s pathology department, education centre and multi-use Pymmes building.
Maria Kane, chief executive of the NHS Trust, said: “We have set out to explore how we can make North Mid fit for the future and be a positive community asset – service provider, employer, purchaser, educator and neighbour. Our ambitious plans will help chart a future that will help us make sure we continue to provide outstanding care for the local community now, and for the next 100 years.”
The GLA states that its plans will “demonstrate how modern methods of construction can be used to deliver high-quality, net zero-carbon homes on NHS sites” to “prioritise the health and wellbeing of the residents, addressing the evidence that links poor-quality housing with poor health”.
The Department for Education had previously owned the hospital car park site with an expectation of building a new academy school there, but sold it to City Hall’s property development arm, GLA Land and Property, in March 2019. The site also includes the NHS trust’s headquarters, which will need to be moved elsewhere.
Despite the reduction in the hospital’s landholding, the GLA states there will be “no reduction in clinical provision”. A developer is due to be announced in September and, subject to winning planning permission, construction is due to start in March 2023.
Tom Copley, deputy mayor for housing and residential development, said: “This is just the latest example of City Hall taking the lead to unlock the land needed to ease London’s housing crisis. I’m proud that this development will provide our NHS staff with much-deserved key worker homes, and that half of all homes on site will be genuinely affordable.
“This is also an exciting opportunity to use modern methods of construction to deliver the high-quality, modern, energy efficient housing Londoners deserve.”
A ‘walk-through’ video of the master-plan for the North Middlesex University Hospital site can be viewed on YouTube: