Project

St Bernard’s Hospital

West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Kier

Lichfields has worked with the Trust and Kier since 2009 at St Bernard’s Hospital. This operational hospital is located on a sensitive site, partly within a Conservation Area, and containing numerous listed buildings and a Scheduled Monument. Lichfields developed a planning strategy to meet the Trust’s objectives; this subsequently informed a disposal strategy to maximise value on redundant parts of its estate. Working with the Trust we established a Development Framework to guide future development at the site. This identified land for new clinical development and alternative uses for surplus land and buildings. It was agreed with the Council and subsequently led to planning permission for a new Medium Secure Unit and planning permission and listed building consent for approximately 600 new homes.

Lichfields proactively engaged with relevant stakeholders including the Council officers, GLA, Historic England and Transport for London, coordinated the consultation strategy and negotiated the Section 106 agreements. Lichfields also prepared a detailed daylight and sunlight assessment for this project which included analysis of more than 1,600 windows and 800 rooms.

Lichfields’ in-depth planning knowledge meant issues were overcome quickly and we incorporated a number of changes to meet local authority requirements with minimum delay, ensuring our project remained on schedule.

Vickie Holcroft, Programme Director, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Image credit: David Morley Architects