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Work starts on plans for multi-million pound Whipps Cross redevelopment

A new and improved Whipps Cross Hospital is a step closer as work starts on detailed plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the 100 year-old site.

This could bring hospital, community, primary and social care together in one place, making Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best for tomorrow’s patients.

Preliminary assessments suggest a brand new state-of-the-art hospital – complete with an A&E and maternity department - could be built on a fraction of the existing estate. This would release land for other uses, including integrated health and care facilities and at least 1,000 new homes for the community.

A balance between all the potential aspects of a redevelopment has yet to be determined, so the Trust is working with local people and partners on a detailed masterplan for the 18-hectare estate that can unlock its full value.

Alwen Williams, Chief Executive, said: “We’re hugely excited by the opportunity we have here. The prize is a campus providing a gold standard of care for local people alongside a wide range of facilities to keep them well.

“We have enough space to do this, and using it wisely could create enough new homes for NHS staff to make the hospital a really attractive place to come and work. We are now looking for local people to help us shape our plans.”

Barts Health has invested in new operating theatres, a new high dependency unit and ward refurbishments at Whipps Cross. Yet much of the hospital pre-dates the NHS itself, so redevelopment is a regional priority.

Last year we joined forces with commissioners and the local council to submit a strategic outline case to NHS Improvement, with initial estimates for a full development worth around £520m (excluding VAT and inflation).

We are working with the regulator to strengthen this case, exploring ways to ensure any capital borrowing requirement is affordable for the taxpayer. This includes how a new hospital could be more efficient, and what area it needs (and therefore how the rest of the site might be used). With the support of the East London Health and Care Partnership, a bid was submitted for capital investment of about £350m.

Meanwhile NHSI agreed we should continue to work up more detailed proposals for the redevelopment, and explore other potential funding avenues that might form part of an outline business case.

Barts Health is setting up a community involvement group to help shape options for services and facilities around local needs and wishes. We are also assessing the opportunities and constraints of the redevelopment to give all partners and local people a thorough understanding of what this project could achieve.

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  1. Ehsan Hanzaree Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Great news both for staff and patients of Whippsx

  2. Virology Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 05:28 PM

    Don't forget staff car parks, and more disabled spaces if possible.

  3. Shukraprabha Francis Friday, 2 November 2018 at 06:21 AM

    Housing for staff would be a great idea.

  4. Syed Hussain Monday, 5 November 2018 at 04:44 PM

    Great news, please can we not compromise on staff parking spaces please.

  5. Kamrul Hasan Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 05:23 PM

    Hopefully a hospital Canteen where the food is edible. The canteen has had a superficial face lift, but the quality of the food cooked and served could not be worse for a hospital in the heart of East London. Multi cultural and multi faceted with one of the worst hospital canteens. That's what happens when things are outsourced. Coffee more expensive in hospital than on the high street. This cannot be justified for poorly paid NHS staff who havn't had a pay rise for 10 Years.

  6. Eva Turner Monday, 10 June 2019 at 02:34 PM

    The new Whipps Cross Hospital is welcome and badly needed. However the plans suggest that it will have fewer beds overall, particularly in urgent care area, despite a huge population growth by the size of a new borough. Just see the growing numbers of tower blocks in Walthamstow alone. Additionally to that the plans are to sell unused land around the current hospital for new commercial development, which will take away urgently needed land for further or additional developments in the future. So what we need is NOT a smaller hospital with limited possibility for expansion.

  7. Simon Munk Monday, 17 June 2019 at 10:39 AM

    The current hospital layout is hugely confusing, car "sick" and horrible to navigate on foot. I'd like to see any new developments based around far less car parking and use, encouraging fewer people to drive to Whipps Cross, both staff and visitors, and most importantly enabling vulnerable pedestrians to get around the site without massive difficulties. I'd also like to see more thought for cycling - at the moment, cycle parking is isolated or substandard and too few spaces, unguarded, so apparently stolen from periodically. While some people do need to drive to hospital, for our health & the climate, we need to ensure only those people who have to drive, do.

  8. stuart Saturday, 9 November 2019 at 07:30 PM

    You give no real information on exactly what new hospital will have or why needs to be on one site. Nor why it is also aimed at Newham and Redbridge not mentioned.?
    However nobody we know wishes demolition/land sell off to redevelopment at expense of heritage. Such a historic site needs to have its integrity. e.g. High Street (ugh!) gives away the horrible “vision” of retail with attached hospital as one man at a recent meeting stated. We feel your "visions" are killing our history.
    We could propose a lose idea for funding rather than the glass architecture we are seeing proposed for the borough. which is further creating the need for more infrastructure/services.
    Perhaps the historic building could be funded for retention including its lovely gardens/pond as a health and social care centre in the absence of health and social care provision in community. With open gardens walkways and tea shops and health and recuperation spaces/areas it could be an innovative and individual health centre for all ages and peoples from ground up for social care. mental health/healing and places for friendship and sociability and recuperation cross over from hospital to community.etc. .
    Housing/restaurants/carparking could be subsidised for staff/training/education and inclusion That;s a friendly idea. Maybe you can get some ideas for funding from Mr. I Duncan Smith, and other project supporters.
    Regrettably all this is too late for trees WF/tfl? knocked down.
    and the new roundabout is now slower and more dangerous than ever. It seems you have further road building in the wings???
    So in essence we ask you to plan/employ architects to consider
    purpose /scale/integrity
    build a healthy Hospital
    Not a retail city
    thank you
    S Edwards et al x 3

  9. Marjorie Regan Monday, 30 December 2019 at 05:37 AM

    I can only say that this is long overdue. I have very good and very bad experiences of this hospital over the years and have been a supporter of the NHS. What is the time frame of this project? When planning car parking please make sure that the spaces are wide enough to get in and out of a vehicle without the need for contortionist training.