The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is currently undertaking three major construction projects.
Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment
When the trust acquired Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust in July 2014 (see A bigger trust, a better future), it made a commitment to redevelop the Chase Farm site, to modernise the building so that staff can continue to deliver world class care, close to patients’ homes.
In March 2015 Enfield Council voted to grant outline planning permission and the government approved the outline business case. In December 2015 Enfield Council approved our application to make amendments to the outline redevelopment proposals it considered in March. In January 2016 Enfield Council approved our reserved matters application, which covered details of the new hospital including its appearance, size and layout. In March 2016 the government approved the full business case. Find out more by reading our news stories: Chase Farm gets go-ahead, Chase Farm business case approved, Chase Farm alterations approved, Chase Farm redevelopment approved and Chase Farm redevelopment gets final go-ahead.
Emergency department redevelopment
At the Royal Free Hospital, two building projects are being undertaken. The redevelopment of the emergency department is currently underway. Preparation work on the lower ground floor began at the start of December, while the main works will begin in January.
Once the works are complete there will be a new 23-hour assessment unit at the Royal Free Hospital, as well as a rapid assessment and treatment area, a larger resuscitation area and a diagnostic hub, which includes x-ray and CT scanning services. The plans also include the redevelopment of the urgent care centre and the provision of a dedicated paediatric emergency department. It is thought the redevelopment will be complete in 2017.
The Pears Building
The trust is also planning to construct a new building, where the multi-storey car park is currently located at the Royal Free Hospital. The Pears Building would be home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, as well as the Royal Free Charity’s offices and an underground car park. There will also be a patient hotel on the top floor of the building.
Scientists at the institute are carrying out ground-breaking research into immune-related conditions like type 1 diabetes and leukaemia. The new building will mean more of our patients will have access to the latest treatments. The Pears Building is expected to open in 2017.