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Make is quick to win approval for central London's Middlesex Hospital

Ken Shuttleworth's practice Make has won the go-ahead for this ambitious £1 billion overhaul of the former Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia, central London, in double quick time.

The scheme, which will create 273 homes and 33,000m2 of office space, was only submitted for planning in February (Make aims for £1 billion overhaul of central London hospital) and has now been approved unanimously by Westminster City Council's planning committee.

Backed by developer Project Abbey (Guernsey) - the winner of a high-profile bidding war to redevelop the 1920s red-brick hospital building last October - the 95,000m2 development will wrap around a 'jewel-like' chapel in a new public square at the heart of the scheme.

Interior design company Candy & Candy will be leading the fit-out of the scheme, which has been dubbed Noho Square.

Speaking for Project Abbey (Guernsey), Christian Candy, also a partner in Candy & Candy, said: 'It is a remarkable achievement to have gained planning approval for such a major scheme in such a short amount of time. This is in no small way due to the efforts of the world-class team involved.'

Shuttleworth added: 'The key driver behind our design has been the need to open up the site and transform it into a dynamic new urban focal point that combines world-class architecture with the creation of a generous new public space - the first such amenity in this area of London.'

by Richard Waite

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