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Revealed: new Middlesex Hospital plans

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) and Sheppard Robson have unveiled new proposals for the redevelopment of the former Middlesex Hospital site in Fitzrovia, central London

A previous £1 billion scheme designed by MAKE, dubbed the ‘NoHo Square’ development, was abandoned shortly after demolition of the ageing hospital was completed in 2008.

The recently submitted plans for the 1.2 hectare plot include 20,000m² of offices 237 private homes and 54 affordable flats as well as 2,000m² of shops and restaurants.

The development is backed by Kaupthing, Aviva Investors and Exemplar Properties and will be ‘built speculatively’ with the team working to a completion date of late 2014.

Clive Bush of Exemplar said:’ The former Middlesex Hospital site is one of the most significant locations in Central London. Since the hospital was demolished in 2008, the site has remained virtually empty and there is a strong desire from the local community to bring it back into use.

‘Our plans have been developed in consultation with residents and interested groups to ensure the architecture makes a positive contribution to the local area.  s a result, we have submitted a planning application that includes significantly more public space and less bulk than the previous proposals. We have also ensured the design reflects and respects the existing architecture of Fitzrovia and retains the existing facade along Nassau Street.’

The architect’s view

Alex Lifschutz, director at LDS, said: ‘The new scheme for the former Middlesex Hospital site takes as its starting point the rich Edwardian context, drawing inspiration from the residential and light industrial buildings of this part of Fitzrovia. The architecture is carefully responsive to the surroundings in form, material and detail, while providing modern amenity.
‘At the heart of the development, a new large public space forms the setting for the glorious Grade II listed chapel, a community building set among trees and surrounded by residences of character and quality.’

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Formerly known as NoHo Square, the mixed-use development in Fitzrovia, central London will create more than 83,000m² ‘high quality buildings’ including homes, shops and offices with a listed chapel at its centre.

A previous £1 billion scheme designed by MAKE for the 1.2 hectare plot (pictured right) was dropped shortly after demolition of the ageing hospital was completed in 2008

Project backers Kaupthing Bank, Aviva Investors and Exemplar Properties appointed LDS to take on the overall design concept after ‘an an extensive selection process’.

Sheppard Robson will continue to design several buildings on the plot.. 

A ‘comprehensive’ stakeholder consultation exercise is due to start next month (June) with the opening of an on-site stakeholder exhibition facility.

Alex Lifschutz, director of LDS said:’’The Middlesex site is an opportunity to enhance this distinctive quarter of Westminster, creating a new place that responds to the quality and scale of the surroundings….and deliver a scheme that is attractive, human and vibrant.’’

managing Partner, Sheppard Robson Malcolm McGowan added: ‘Having developed the master plan for the site it is clear to us that a project of this scale and diversity will benefit from a variety of design approaches to compliment the rich texture of Westminster’s architectural heritage. The combination of both ourselves and LDS, working in tandem, will enable this vision to be realised.’

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Sheppard Robson is designing a mixed-use scheme for former Middlesex Hospital site in Fitzrovia, central London, it has been confirmed

The project replaces a previous £1 billion scheme designed by MAKE (pictured right) which stalled after demolition was completed in 2008.

Sheppard Robson’s masterplan features offices, housing, a health centre and an educational facility.

Aiming for completion in late 2014, the 1.2 hectare plot is set to become a ‘sustainable mixed-use community’featuring public realm with a listed chapel at its centre.

Images of the proposal are yet to be revealed however developers Kaupthing Bank, Aviva Investors and Exemplar Properties intend to submit a planning application half-way through next year.

Clive Bush, co-founding partner of Exemplar, said: ‘The former Middlesex Hospital site offers a rare and exciting opportunity to promote and define an important part of Central London.

‘Fitzrovia is a thriving established and harmonious community with an interesting heritage and the new master plan will reflect this.

 ‘We will be engaging with local stakeholders including the nearby school to ensure we deliver a high quality, sustainable scheme that enhances and adds value to this well connected and desirable part of London.’

A spokesperson for the developers dispelled rumours that search engine giant Google could be the main tenant for the site.

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