However, if Westminster council grants planning, work will start on site right away on the already cleared site and deliver 37 private, 54 onsite affordable homes, 210,000 sq ft of offices to rent and 21,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants by 2014.
The hospital has was once part-owned by Candy & Candy, the luxury residential developer who commissioned a 60,000sq m scheme by Make architects that was dubbed ‘NoHo Square’, because it is north of Soho.
However, the scheme was rejected by planners and the project stalled once Kaupthing Bank entered administration, at the time of the Icelandic debt crisis.
A joint venture (JV) partnership has now been formed between the site’s original Icelandic financier Kaupthing, and the developers Exemplar Properties and Aviva Investors. The new JV partners have appointed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects to remodel the scheme. As result they have arrived at a less bulky design and chosen to drop the ‘NoHo Square’ development name.
Exemplar’s Clive Bush 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."
All that remains of the Edwardian hospital that was razed to the ground is an Italian Gothic chapel building. Life will be breathed into this listed chapel, as it will be managed by a community trust and become the focal point for a new public square within the Central London office scheme.
Alex Lifschutz, founder of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, 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...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.”