Middlesex Hospital Annex has been vacant since 2006. The grade II listed former workhouse and wider site will be redeveloped, requiring demolition of adjoining wings and ancillary buildings to accommodate the mixed-use development.
The Temple team are the retained planning consultants of University College London Hospitals Charity for the refurbishment and redevelopment of Middlesex Hospital Annex (MHA), a tight, constrained and interesting development including an at risk Grade II listed former C18th workhouse, one of only three remaining in London. The site is also subject to anticipated and significant archaeological works.
We prepared and submitted the planning application for a total of 53 self-contained one to four bedroom units including 13 x private, 4 x intermediate and 36 x social rented as well as 7000sq.m of flexible commercial space (B1/D1). The intermediate accommodation will be genuinely affordable to hard to reach local nurses and junior doctors given the client’s interest, the site’s historic medical associations with Dr Joseph Rogers who led the movement to reform Poor Law healthcare and London Hospitals.
As an at risk Grade II listed building, Temple led negotiations with the LPA and Heritage England to agree how the building should be sensitively restored, with the remainder of the site redeveloped, ensuring commercial viability and vital housing provision.
Temple led the design team in relation to other technical planning assessments and working closely with the architects, Llewelyn Davies, helped influence the scheme in relation to the adopted Fitzrovia Area Action Plan.
This included the provision of permanent self-contained housing especially affordable housing; public space and access through Bedford Passage; and a design and height that respects local heritage and strategic viewing corridors.
We then got further approval for 73 applications, which maintains the significant excess of policy compliant housing (70% affordable). Temple recognises that the scheme, which is unique in this part of London, makes a small but valuable contribution to housing need by providing a mixture of housing sizes and tenures that will contribute to maintaining and supporting mixed and inclusive communities having potential for long-lasting impacts on social well-being and regeneration.
We are also assisting in the delivery of the scheme, through discharge of the planning conditions, obligations, CIL payments and site wide air quality and noise monitoring. We also provided the demolition management and construction management plans and are retained by the Client as their trusted advisor and planning interface with the site contractors for the life of the delivery programme until expected completion in 2022/3.
Temple were instrumental in making sure the Demolition Management Plan was developed and approved in line with the Camden Borough Council requirements and in accordance with the project programme. Their team were professional and performed excellently throughout the whole process. Peter Borroughs, Development Director, UCLH Charity