Developers Kaupthing, Aviva Investors and Exemplar have submitted plans to Westminster City Council for a major mixed use development on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital.
The application for the Mortimer Street site in London’s Fitzrovia includes plans for 237 private and 54 onsite affordable homes, 210,000 sq ft of offices and 21,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants.
Central to the scheme is a major new public square set around the former hospital’s listed chapel – the chapel itself will be run by a community trust.
Space is also provided for a new primary care facility and an educational facility for nearby All Souls Primary School.
Construction will commence on site immediately following the grant of planning permission.
The scheme, which will be built speculatively, is expected to be completed by late 2014.
Exemplar’s Clive Bush said: “The former Middlesex Hospital site is one of the most significant locations in Central London. Since the hospital was demolished in 2008, the site has remained virtually empty and there is a strong desire from the local community to bring it back into use.
“Our plans have been developed in consultation with residents and interested groups to ensure the architecture makes a positive contribution to the local area. As a result, we have submitted a planning application that includes significantly more public space and less bulk than the previous proposals. We have also ensured the design reflects and respects the existing architecture of Fitzrovia and retains the existing facade along Nassau Street.