What is being discussed? Click to get info
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.
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.
Comment on the proposals by completing this questionnaire
Application for prior approval to demolish buildings Click to get info
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
What happens when? Click to get info
- Monday 29 June 2020: Application made for prior approval to demolish redundant buildings including former nurses accommodation.
- Tuesday 28 July 2020: Decision taken that prior approval is not required to demolish redundant buildings including former nurses accommodation
- Monday 17 August 2020: Virtual Town Hall meeting for Waltham Forest. Booking details to follow.
- September 2020: Work to remove asbestos takes place using licensed operators
- Friday 4 September 2020: Secretary of State for Health and Social Care approved the Strategic Outline Case (SOC)
- Late 2020: Demolition of buildings begins
- Autumn 2020: Survey shows buildings to be demolished are not a bat roost but bat boxes will be installed in neighbouring trees
- Friday 9 October 2020: Barts Health NHS Trust publishes Health and Care in a new Whipps Cross Hospital.
- Friday 20 November 2020: Barts NHS Health Trust publishes Emerging Designs for Whipps Cross Hospital public engagement on designs begins.
- Tuesday 1 December 2020: Public Engagement Event.
- Wednesday 2 December 2020: Public Engagement Event.
- Saturday 5 December 2020: Public Engagement Event.
- January 2021: Demolition of buildings begins. Scaffolding with external sheeting will be used to minimise noise and dust disturbance
Strategic Outline Case (SOC) Click to get info
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
Consultation and Engagement Click to get info
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.
Local residents were also invited to attend one of the virtual public discussion meetings.
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.
- Barts NHS Health Trust publishes Emerging Designs for Whipps Cross Hospital
- Whipps Cross Hospital redevelopment engagement feedback leaflet
- Barts Trust response to engagement analysis
- Whipps Cross analysis of the engagement responses
- Download the have your say updated designs for the future for Whipps Cross poster
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.
Keeping you informed Click to get info
- Barts NHS Newsletter: Demolition works to start at Whipps Cross
- Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter March 2021
- Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 27 November 2020
- Download Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 13 October2020
- Download the Council's Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 6 October 2020
- Download Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 9 September 2020
- Download Barts NHS Hospital Trust media release
- Download Leyton email newsletter 27 August 2020
- Download Waltham Forest Council email newsletter 4 August 2020
- Download Waltham Forest Council email newsletter on Whipps Cross Hospital 2 July 2020
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital newsletter June 2020
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital letter to residents 22 May 2020
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital letter to residents 27 April 2020
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 24 April 2020
- Download the Leytonstone email newsletter 7 January 2020
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 10 January 2020
- Download the Have Your Say email newsletter 13 November 2019
- Download the Whipps Cross Hospital email newsletter 24 October 2019
- Download the Have Your Say email newsletter 13 September 2019
- See the NHS Trust website for newsletters about Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment