A MASSIVE hospital building in London which is barely 20 years old will have to be demolished to make way for the new Paddington hospital plans.
The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother complex, built by French Kier, is located alongside the Paddington Basin and only opened in 1987.
Chief executive of the St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust Julian Nettel said: 'It is a building which presents real problems for us in terms of integration with the rest of the site.
The floor-to-ceiling heights are too small to integrate seamlessly with a parallel building and in terms of phasing it's very difficult at the moment to see how we can create what we need and keep the QEQM.'
Mr Nettel said he didn't expect much opposition to the proposal. He said: 'It is something I think the city planners would very much welcome.The QEQM doesn't have many fans.'
The PHC team said that NHS guidelines on patient space and hospital layout have changed so much since the hospital was built that refurbishing it would be almost as expensive as replacing it.
The site would be used for part of the building housing the relocated Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.