A competition winning scheme for the redevelopment of the former London Chest Hospital that retains the 19th C buildings and redevelops the grounds for high quality private and affordable housing. The island site is adjacent to a listed park and surrounded by mature trees.
Historic hospitals invariably started with grand architectural statements and then developed organically with population growth and medical advances. Using this narrative as a mechanism for redevelopment, the masterplan is based around two large courtyards with a series of strong, tree lined cross-site pedestrian avenues. The courtyards will become the prime entrance spaces which allow for level access and new cores to be built outside of the historic fabric. The new architecture is primarily of brick with a simple, well propositioned expression.
Each part of the site responds to its context yet all is subservient to the original, listed hospital building. This grand Victorian edifice has been severely compromised through war time bombing and poor refurbishments. GRID undertook a site wide heritage assessment and heritage reports on the original hospital buildings were undertaken by KMH and Montagu Evans. This included archive research and intrusive surveys. While protecting the fabric and artefacts in the building it was important to have a robust proposal to allow new homes to be accommodated including new services, floor strengthening, replacement od previous fire and bomb damage and unsympathetic additions. Planning consent was granted in September 2018.