NHS is a private marketing for a 100-year old hospital building, which provides Affordable housing for 52 nurses and other key workers for developers to create a Hyde Park-style complex of luxury apartments with views of Hampstead Heath.
At the Royal free hospital is promoting the building of the Queen Mary – a gift from lever brothers founder Lord book Voronova 97 years ago as “Hampstead gardens … a rare opportunity to create one of the most attractive new schemes in London”.
A password-protected web site of the Royal free London Foundation trust national health service describes a 1.6 acre site as “the last major development site in Hampstead with an unmatched position between the Heath and Hampstead”.
Plans for building Queen Mary. Picture: Ryder Architecture
Hospital site Hampstead-Gardens.com shown architect’s plans to convert the site to 162 luxury apartments in four five-storey blocks with underground Parking. Local agents say the three-room apartment penthouse can sell for up to £ 10 million each. They put the total cost of implementing the scheme of around £280m.
The website, created the leading real estate agent consulting company Knight Frank and architects Ryder architecture, potential builders they don’t have to worry about affordable housing lowering the tone of the development as required by law housing, which can be placed in the individual development of the main hospital site.
The building, which was dedicated to Queen Mary in 1921 and again the Prince of Wales in 1992, home of 52 nurses, teachers and other key employees by paying the affordable fee of £551.09 a month for one room with shared kitchen and bathroom. Residents said they may have to vacate the premises by July 2020, but the trust said that “seeking to find alternative, affordable accommodation on the site should be sold.”
Otto Schwalowsky, 26, intensive care nurse at the Royal Queen who lives in the home for nine months, said it was “a real shame” that the hospital was going to sell the house, which was donated to the book Voronova for use as a maternity ward. “Public hospitals should have the key to stay working,” said Schwalowsky. “We [NHS staff] do not care a huge amount of money, so it’s good to be able to go to work.”
Otto Schwalowsky, the nurse of intensive therapy. Photo: Alecsandra from the guardian
Schwalowsky said he could not afford private rent housing to live close. “Rents in Hampstead at least triple what we pay here], you had to share room,” he said.
John Kuja, 63, who lives in the room a few doors down from Schwalowsky, he said he was afraid that he may become homeless if he loses his affordable housing. “One bed flat is about 1400 pounds a month – that’s all my wages gone. I’m stuck,” said he.
Kuja, who worked in medical records at the Royal free for 30 years and earns around £19,000 a year, said the trust has sold several other key employees of apartment houses in recent years. “We are not the first residential place where they are sold,” he said. “They seem to do pretty much sell them at affordable prices property for development.”
The trust has not submitted the application plan of the Council of the Camden, but the developers said it conducted a “preliminary programme of meetings with the local authorities to discuss the change of use of C3 residential”. The structure is classified as S2, meaning it is classified as a hospital or nursing home.
Queen Mary’s house, Hampstead. Photo: Alecsandra from the guardian
The plans state that no affordable housing should be included in the design. He says: “as part of the sale of land located at the Royal free pond street hospital will be provided to the buyer for detection of any affordable housing arising from the redevelopment of Camden gardens”.
The trust gave tours of the local developers and real estate agencies. Trevor Abrahamson, founder of Glentree International real estate Agency, which specializiruetsya on the sale of homes in Hampstead and Highgate to rich foreign investors, says he was given a private tour on the website 18 months ago and offered his advice on how best to increase value from the site.
“It’s a beautiful place and, of course, supports premium class,” said Abrahamson. “It’s really incredible as it appears and is very rare to find a piece of land in this place. It could easily be one Hyde Park Hampstead”. He said apartments in the building, if designed to sell for $ 2,300-2,500 per sq ft. The trust plans to offer four apartment buildings consisting 113,807 foot, which for 2500 per sq. ft. is working on potential sales price in total of £285m.
Plans for building Queen Mary. Picture: Ryder Architecture
Tulip Siddiq labour MP Hampstead and Kilburn, said she worries about the possible loss of affordable housing and to contact the hospital directly. “There is an acute shortage of social, affordable and key worker housing in my constituency, and we should focus on building more homes,” said Siddiq. “I want to make sure that we keep the social balance, which we are so proud of, via Camden and I always promised to stand up for those being pushed out of the community that they grew up and work.”
Steven stark, a local conservative adviser and spokesman on planning, said he is concerned the Royal free was marketing the development before he officially applied for a building permit. “Councillors and local residents are very concerned about this potential and approach the hospital,” he said. “We in the house of councillors certainly don’t want to just see luxury homes on the site. We recognize the need for affordable housing, social mix and housing for key workers. I hope we will have bipartisan support in achieving this.”
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Spokesman for the Royal free said: “no decision has been taken to sell the house Queen Mary. The Royal free London needs to use its property in the most effective way to ensure that we can deliver the best service to our patients. With regard to this process on the market QMH started to create the level of interest in the site for possible sale in the future.
“Any future developers should also provide Affordable housing in the area. Residents who short – term lease, was informed and confidence that will help them find alternative, affordable accommodation on the site should be sold.”