Regeneration: Whipps Cross Hospital Development

Whipps Cross aerial shot

Background

Barts Health NHS Trust is looking at ways to improve the safety, care and experience of patients for years to come, with a brand-new hospital at the heart of a vibrant new community.

The Barts Health NHS Trust site is one of six hospitals to benefit from £2.7billion of funding over the next five years, as part of a new ‘health infrastructure programme.

Updated designs for the new Whipps Cross Hospital, surrounded by green spaces and community facilities, have been released by Barts Health NHS Trust.

The new hospital at Whipps Cross will provide the same core NHS services as today, including emergency care and maternity. The proposed new Whipps Cross Hospital will have a fully functional ‘blue light’ A&E within the core NHS services it will inherit from the current hospital. This will remain a key part of a brand new emergency department, which will also have the ability to see and treat patients without needing to be admitted overnight. 

There will be improved patient care and dignity with more single rooms and garden terraces, to improve wellbeing for patients and provide an uplifting environment for staff. The flexible hospital design will be able to adapt to future healthcare demands.

They are building a hospital at the leading edge of environmental sustainability design, striving to deliver the lowest carbon footprint possible by creating a net zero carbon building. 

The latest designs build on the emerging vision for a new ‘hospital in a garden and a garden in a hospital’ for Whipps Cross, re-establishing connections to Epping Forest.

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The NHS Trust is looking at how the whole site could be developed in future, to provide a new hospital, car parking and much-needed homes, along with areas which are likely to comprise commercial, other health and social care uses and leisure facilities.

Barts Health Trust is now seeking views on three potential locations on the existing hospital site, which are outlined in a high-level ‘masterplan’ drawn up for the trust and local authority. Each option includes new Accident and Emergency and maternity units, some medium- and high-rise construction, possibly up to 12 storeys, and a multi-storey car park to replace existing provision.

The historic towers of the original Victorian hospital buildings would be part of the land released for development.

See the Barts Health Trust masterplan for Whipps Cross Hospital 

Barts Health NHS Trust has published, Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross. This sets the masterplan options in the broader context of the redevelopment programme.

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Barts NHS Trust made an application for prior approval to demolish disused buildings on the site of the old nurse’s accommodation at Whipps Cross Hospital, which supports the proposed redevelopment of the Whipps Cross site. This application was validated on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

The Government has given rights for the demolition of buildings without full planning permission, however, in most circumstances prior to demolition of buildings the owner must ask the Council to decide if prior approval is required for the method of demolition and proposed restoration of the site.

These are the only factors that the Council can consider. The Council must make a decision within 28 days.

Details of the application, reference number 201548 can be seen on the Council's web page. Planning permission for the demolition was approved and work is due to start during October 2020

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Whipps Cross is one of six new hospitals planned by the National Health Service.

On Friday 4 September 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care approved the Strategic Outline Case (SOC).

Thursday 15 October 2020: Barts NHS Health Trust holding virtual information event for Waltham Forest residents. Register for this event

The next stage is for the Trust to develop a Business Outline Case (BOC) which will provide more detail of plans to improve health and care services for the local population, design a new hospital building that is fit for purpose and develop the site for the local community.

The Trust has printed a one-page summary of its Vision for the future.

The next stage is for the Trust to develop its Outline Business Case (OBC), which will provide more detail of plans to improve health and care services for the local population, design a new hospital building that is fit for purpose and develop the site for the local community

Barts need your feedback

Incorporating feedback from local people, hospital users and staff at the end of last year, the designs have changed to ensure the hospital has space to grow in the future.

The most valued parts of the existing historic buildings, including the old chapel and pavilions, will be retained and given a new lease of life. This is part of the wider redevelopment of the site to create a new neighbourhood with homes and community facilities.

To create a stronger ‘green’ connection between the hospital and the forest, the latest designs also include a new landscaped route and a new park. Improved car parking for patients, staff and visitors, as well as better access routes with more emphasis on walking and cycling are also being proposed.

The local community, patients and staff are asked to provide feedback on the latest designs, to help shape the new hospital and wider neighbourhood. Planning application is due to be submitted to Waltham Forest Council this spring.

Give Barts Health your view on the future of Whipps

Local residents were also invited to attend one of the virtual public discussion meetings.

Read about the consultation virtual public meetings and what was discussed.

The NHS Trust’s public engagement about the redevelopment work during 2019 included meetings with representatives of 80 community groups, speaking to more than 700 people about what matters to them in relation to the redevelopment, meetings with patients’ representative groups, including the hospital’s Patients’ Panel, and the establishment of a Community Engagement Action Group.

Construction Access Consultation

Barts NHS have launched a four week consultation on the access constraints of the Whipps Cross site and presented a number of possible options for construction access to build a new car park and hospital at Whipps Cross. We’re now asking for your help to identify a shortlist of viable options (or new options) to include in a planning application to be submitted to London Borough of Waltham Forest in April 2021. Please read the consultation document in full and submit your ideas via our online survey.

Preparing the ground for a new hospital at Whipps Cross: the demolition of derelict buildings and parking change

From Monday 29 March 2021 the demolition contractor will erect protective hoardings around the disused buildings to ensure safety on site and to reduce noise and dust. As each old building is removed, new temporary surface car parking will take its place. By removing one building at a time we can minimise disruption for patients and staff and additional spaces are being made available in order to maintain current parking provision during the demolition phases.

The demolition activities will commence on Monday 12 April 2021.

Demolition site hours will be between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays between 8:00am and 1:00pm where activities cannot be completed in the normal working hours of Monday to Friday.

We anticipate all the old buildings to be removed by the end of 2021. Demolition vehicles will enter and leave via James Lane.

Find out more about the demolition of derelict buildings and parking changes and add your comments

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Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment Team
Communications and Engagement Lead: Genstacia Bull