Khan starts search for NMUH development partner

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has started searching for a development partner to deliver 220 homes on land at North Middlesex University Hospital.
North Middlesex University Hospital.
North Middlesex University Hospital in Enfield, London. Credit: Christine Johnstone/Creative Commons

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has started searching for a development partner to deliver 220 homes on land owned by the Greater London Authority at North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH) in Enfield.

50% of the homes will be genuinely affordable, split between London affordable rent/social rent, shared ownership, and London living rent. At least 10 of the London living rent homes will be available for at least 10 years to provide new homes for key workers at the hospital.

The scheme aims to demonstrate how modern methods of construction (MMC) can be used to deliver high-quality, net zero-carbon homes on NHS sites, with residents’ health and wellbeing set to be prioritised.

Tom Copley, London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development, said: “This is just the latest example of City Hall taking the lead to unlock the land needed to ease London’s housing crisis. I’m proud that this development will provide our NHS staff with much deserved keyworker homes, and that half of all homes on site will be genuinely affordable.

“This is also an exciting opportunity to use modern methods of construction to deliver the high-quality, modern, energy efficient housing Londoners deserve.”

The GLA bought the 1.37 hectare site on the hospital grounds from LocatED in March 2019. The land is currently occupied by a car park and the NHS Trust’s headquarters.

At the time of the acquisition the Trust and the GLA drew up a masterplan for the hospital site to support the delivery of enhanced clinical facilities while identifying further opportunities to build further homes on the site.

The new development partner will work with the GLA and the NHS Trust to make sure that the reduction in land for the Trust does not affect clinical provision.

Members of the London Development Panel 2 (LDP2), the GLA’s framework of well-established developers, builders and housing associations, have been invited to express their interest in the opportunity by 5pm on Friday 11th December.

Enfield Council’s leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “We are pleased that the Mayor of London has stepped in to support the delivery of affordable homes for local people on this site. 

“North Middlesex Hospital is a significant employer of local Enfield people and it is only right that we help to invest in the futures of our much valued keyworkers by the provision of some housing to meet their needs, particularly during these difficult times.”

Maria Kane, chief executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “This site presents a fantastic opportunity to develop the area around North Middlesex University Hospital.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Greater London Authority and our new development partner, once appointed, to make best use of the land so that it meets the needs of people who use the hospital and benefits our local community.”

The development at NMUH is the latest part of City Hall’s work to use surplus NHS land for housing. The GLA will soon announce its preferred development partner for the St Ann’s Hospital site in Haringey, which has been earmarked for a minimum of 700 new homes, 60% of which will be genuinely affordable homes.

The GLA hopes to announce a developer for the NMUH site by September 2021 with work set to start on site by March 2023.

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