South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
- South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust had a vision to revolutionise its estate and Montagu Evans’ planners and development viability advisors were asked to join the Trust on that journey.
- Built as an asylum in 1840, its Main Building still commands awe and sits in an oasis of tranquillity on a 33 hectare site in the middle of urban Wandsworth, set within the Metropolitan Green Belt.
- Having seen the huge benefits to patients from some new-style wards, the Trust embarked on a hugely ambitious transformation of the rest of its estate with the delivery of two new state-of-the-art hospitals to serve people in five boroughs and, in the case of some specialist services, people from across the whole of the UK.
- Planning permission was granted for a 25,000 sq. m. GIA new mental healthcare facility, over 800 new homes, restoration of two major listed buildings and creation of a public park.
- The 1840 building would remain and lend its grandeur to much-need new homes that would help to pay for the new facilities.
- Delivering such a far-reaching programme was never going to be simple and required perseverance and adaptability, from successfully navigating a major town planning public inquiry to responding to an ever-changing viability context.
- It was a team effort involving many people along the way and we got there in the end. The reason we did was because it was not just another development project. It was something that everyone cared about, something that everyone knew had to happen – and that they wanted to make happen.