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Middlesex Hospital Site

Fitzrovia Buildings Development design by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, London, England

3 Feb 2012

Former Middlesex Hospital Site

Planning Permission granted for development at former Middlesex Hospital site

At a committee meeting last night, Westminster City Council granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Middlesex Hospital site.

“We look forward to seeing the approved scheme bring this significant Central London site back into use. The development will provide a mix of residences and offices, while retaining the Grade II* listed chapel for community use. A large public square at the heart of the scheme will open up the area and provide new pedestrian routes to make this part of Fitzrovia more permeable than at any time since Middlesex Hospital was built in the Edwardian era. The design sets out to enhance the character of this distinctive Westminster quarter with fine new buildings that respond to the attractive context, careful detailing and sensitive use of materials.”

Alex Lifschutz, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Former Middlesex Hospital Site in Fitzrovia

This three-acre development in the heart of London is being transformed into mixed-use scheme of high-quality residential apartments and office buildings, with community facilities and an impressive new public space at the heart of the site.

Middlesex Hospital Site
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The new landscaped square embraces an existing Grade II* listed chapel and is open to the surrounding streets with new routes making this part of Fitzrovia much more permeable than at any time since the hospital was built in the Edwardian era.

The scheme includes approximately 300 luxury residential apartments and affordable homes that are tenure blind. There are two high-quality office buildings above shops and restaurants as well as amenities for local occupiers, including a Primary Care Centre and an education space for the local primary school.

As architects for the overall concept and five of the seven buildings, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has been charged with addressing the relationship of this large scheme to the fine grain of the surrounding streetscape, developing a responsive but contemporary architectural language with appropriate proportions and a legible base, middle and top to each building. The material palette of brick, cast metal and reconstructed stone marries with the surrounding, largely Edwardian, neighbourhood without resorting to pastiche.

The Grade II* listed chapel is retained for community use and the interesting facades on Nassau Street are preserved for incorporation into the development. The Grade II* listed building at No. 10 Mortimer Street is also retained for residential use.

The scheme is under construction and will completed in late 2014.

28 Sep 2011

Former Middlesex Hospital Site Redevelopment

Kaupthing, Aviva Investors and Exemplar unveil development plans for former Middlesex Hospital site


New planning application submitted to Westminster City Council for mixed-use community in the heart of Fitzrovia

Design: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands / Sheppard Robson

Kaupthing, Aviva Investors and Exemplar have today unveiled plans for the former Middlesex Hospital site on Mortimer Street in London’s Fitzrovia. A planning application for its comprehensive regeneration has been submitted this month to Westminster City Council following an extensive public consultation exercise, which culminated in a well-attended public exhibition held in June.

Architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson have worked together to develop new plans for the three-acre site that comprises 237 private and 54 onsite affordable homes, 210,000 sq ft of offices in two grade A office buildings and 21,000 sq ft for shops and restaurants.

The overall design concept recognizes the importance of the surrounding architecture of Fitzrovia; the proposals provide for a contextual design solution that draws on many influences and the eclectic mix of styles unique to the area.

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.

Clive Bush of Exemplar 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.

“We have been delighted by the response that we have had to date and look forward to continuing to work with the community and Westminster City Council to progress the application.”

Commenting on the scheme’s design, Alex Lifschutz, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, said:
“The new scheme for the former Middlesex Hospital site takes as its starting point the rich Edwardian context, drawing inspiration from the residential and light industrial buildings of this part of Fitzrovia. The architecture is carefully responsive to the surroundings in form, material and detail, while providing modern amenity. At the heart of the development, a new large public space forms the setting for the glorious Grade II listed chapel, a community building set among trees and surrounded by residences of character and quality.”

A further public exhibition on the proposals will be announced shortly and information will be made available on the project website at

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands + Sheppard Robson

Project Abbey – Former Middlesex Hospital project, Fitzrovia, London W1
2007-; postponed 2008
Architect: Make
Project Abbey image
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Fitzrovia building : Project Abbey

About Kaupthing

Kaupthing hf is currently in winding-up proceedings and is headed by a Resolution Committee, which is responsible for managing and maximising the value of the estate’s assets. Kaupthing operates in 3 countries with total assets amounting to EUR 13,115 million as at 30 June 2011.

About Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors is the global asset management business of Aviva plc. The business delivers investment management solutions, services and client-driven performance to clients worldwide. Aviva Investors operates in 16 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom with assets under management of £269 billion at 30 June 2011.

About Exemplar

“Exemplar Properties” has recently rebranded to “Exemplar”.

Exemplar is one of London’s most active and successful property developers in central London. The award-winning privately-owned company based in Fitzrovia has worked on 25 projects totalling in excess of 4 million sq ft to date. Currently in Central London they are developing some 1.4m sq ft of projects in locations including Regent Street, St James’s Square and Spitalfields and as such are the largest private property developer in London.

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

International architecture and design studio Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is responsible for long-standing work on the regeneration of London’s South Bank, and for landmarks such as the Hungerford Footbridge and Oxo Tower Wharf.

Based in a Grade II* listed building in West London, formerly the home of Island Records, the studio is currently developing various London projects, including: The Hanover Square Masterplan Scheme, Mayfair; a sustainable suburb for Berkeley Homes, Kidbrooke; the Jewish Community Centre, Finchley; a masterplan at 8 Albert Embankment for the London Fire Brigade; Doon Street development adjacent to the National Theatre; the Streatham Hill mixed-use regeneration scheme, and hotel and office schemes on the Greenwich Peninsula.

The practice’s RIBA Award-winning Teenage Cancer Trust Building at Birmingham’s famous children’s hospital is striking and fun, whilst meeting stringent NHS requirements. Tsvetnoy Central Market Moscow, is a new high-end, six-storey department store, providing food retail, a restaurant, and featuring beaten steel ceiling which reflects the produce and visitors below.

About Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson is an award-winning architecture practice working on projects around the world from their offices in the UK and the UEA. The practice’s design approach is defined by the exploration of new ideas, processes and technologies, and a long-standing commitment to sustainability.

Sheppard Robson has particular expertise designing within complex and sensitive urban sites and has designed many well known buildings around London including Arup’s headquarters in Fitzrovia, the Salvation Army Headquarters and the seminal Helicon in the City. The practice’s innovative Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts recently became one of the first buildings ever to receive a prestigious BREEAM Outstanding environmental rating.

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