Paul Davis + Partners Architects (PDPA) has been appointed to draw up residential plans for one of the most high-profile land grabs in London’s recent history
Yesterday the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust (RBHT), which is spread over four main clusters split between Fulham Road and the nearby Sydney Street in west London, announced that it was selling off three of the sites (see box).
The sale of the 3.5 acres of prime real estate will be used to fund the consolidation of the world-renowned heart and lung hospital into a single new headquarters in Sydney Street.
Under the radical plans PDPA has been appointed to work up the sites to planning stage in an effort to tempt developers and ultimately boost the final sale price which will be ploughed back into the new hospital.
PDPA senior design partner Pedro Roos told the AJ: ‘We had been working for a while as a sub consultant to [cost consultancy] EC Harris.
‘We will take all the sites up to planning; they are all residential. We are also working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on their Supplementary Planning Document,’ he added.
The initial designs are scheduled to be unveiled at the start of a public consultation which would begin in January next year.
In 2007 the nearby 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site fetched £959 million and it is expected that the hospital sites now up for sale will generate similar interest, netting the hospital around £350m although the final value of the developed land could be near the £1 billion mark.
Roos said the practice would not work on the new headquarters scheme but he said it ‘would be involved in the masterplan’.
The sites being sold:
- The southern end of Sydney Street, including land used by the Chelsea Farmers’ Market
- The hospital’s Fulham Road wing (including the former fire station)
- Land in Foulis Terrace, north of Fulham Road, used mainly for staff accommodation