Application submitted for vital new St Mary's Hospital building
A planning application for a vital new outpatients building at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington has been submitted to Westminster City Council by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
The proposed eight-storey building will replace the existing Salton House, Dumbell and Victoria and Albert buildings between Praed Street and South Wharf Road on the eastern side of the hospital estate. The new facility will bring together the majority of outpatient services and supporting diagnostics such as blood tests, which are currently provided from 40 different locations across the hospital site. It will serve around half a million patients a year.
Michele Wheeler, director of redevelopment, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“This new development is vital to help us meet the changing needs of our patients and will allow us to provide the very best care by taking advantage of the latest medical technologies and practices. It will also make visiting outpatients a more convenient and welcoming experience as we replace ageing buildings that are inefficient and costly to maintain.
“Our planning application also forms an important first step in the redevelopment of St Mary’s, and a positive contribution to the regeneration of Paddington. The hospital has constantly grown and evolved since it opened in 1845. Now is the right time for it to change again to meet the needs of the communities we serve across north west London. We are looking forward to working with our partners, the local community and anyone with an interest in the hospital’s development to bring this forward.”
The proposal is driven by three main needs:
- To support better care – allowing for more integrated care, tailoring and combining different specialist services to meet individual’s needs as well as helping patients to recover quickly and stay well.
- To improve patient experience – providing services in ways that will make it as easy and as stress free for patients, their carers and families, as possible.
- To replace ageing buildings – a third of buildings at St Mary’s are more than 100 years old and expensive to maintain and run. New and more efficient buildings will follow best practice in design and technology.
The planning application follows community consultation, which began in September 2016. The planning application is now available on the Westminster City Council website