We are finalising first stage business cases for both our Charing Cross and Hammersmith schemes. We expect to publish summaries of the cases, as we did for St Mary’s, in early 2024. We are also working up an engagement programme to share these high level plans and options with patients and local communities and to gather feedback and suggestions.

Due to the nature of these sites, we have always anticipated phasing the main building works over a number of years. By progressing our business cases, we can be ready to make use of smaller amounts of capital funding allocations from the New Hospital Programme as and when they become available.

In terms of enabling works, we are undertaking a number of ground and geotechnical surveys that will inform our design work and we have re-bid for £39.5m of additional funding to create a new energy centre at Charing Cross. The energy centre, following on from works last year to install a new air source heat pump, will allow us to meet the hospital’s growing energy requirements and to do so in a way that is greener and more sustainable overall.