Future Whipps

Future Whipps

Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross

With our local health and social care partners, we’re working towards building a brand new state-of-the-art hospital at Whipps Cross as part of the Government’s flagship new hospital building programme.

The redevelopment of Whipps Cross offers a historic opportunity to replace an ageing and sprawling estate with a brand new hospital and to transform the wider Whipps Cross site with new homes, new green and public spaces, other health and care services and community facilities.

Subject to approvals we anticipate the completion of the new hospital towards the end of 2026.

Find out more in our update video from Alastair Finney, Whipps Cross Redevelopment Director:

 

Our vision

Our overarching vision is to create ‘a hospital in a garden and a garden in a hospital’, bringing stronger connections to the local areas and the neighbouring Epping Forest, with the healing benefits that that can provide.

The proposed new hospital will continue to provide a core set of emergency, secondary care and specialist services. This includes, for example, an A&E department and maternity services, as well as specific outpatient, diagnostic, surgical and supporting services.

Infographic showing eight ways the new Whipps Cross Hospital will bean improvement on existing services.

The flexible and adaptable design will be able to respond more efficiently and effectively to changing healthcare demands in the future. We’ve also identified space next to the new hospital for it to expand in the future if needed.

The redevelopment of the wider Whipps Cross site is an opportunity to position the new hospital at the heart of a new neighbourhood with much needed new homes as well as other health and wellbeing services, leisure and cultural facilities and public spaces, bringing real benefits and investment to the local community.

We have published a Frequently Asked Questions document which provides further information about the redevelopment based on feedback we have received from the public and hospital staff.

Staff and community engagement are at the heart of our redevelopment plans. Find out what some of our staff have said about why they are looking forward to a new Whipps Cross Hospital.

Planning Applications submitted for a brand new hospital at Whipps Cross

In May 2021 we submitted our planning application to Waltham Forest Council, as the local planning authority. They are undertaking a statutory consultation on the proposals. View the application on Waltham Forest Council's website here by searching for the application reference numbers 211245 and 211244.

An artists impression of front of new hospital

In February 2021 we shared our updated designs for a new, modern Whipps Cross Hospital, surrounded by green spaces and community facilities as part of our pre-planning application consultation.

Our plans aim to transform the area, creating a new, state-of-the-art NHS hospital, surrounded by green spaces improving access to the site and re-establishing its connection to the forest. We also have the opportunity to redevelop the wider site, creating a new neighbourhood with new homes, green spaces and amenities for everyone to enjoy.

Over the last few months the Trust has been discussing emerging plans for the hospital and the wider site with the public, patients and staff in a series of public meetings and an online survey with more than 1,152 responses. Following this, planning applications have now been submitted and Waltham Forest Council, as the local planning authority, will undertake a statutory consultation on the proposals. View the applications on Waltham Forest Council’s website here by searching for the application reference numbers 211245 and 211244.

Click here  to view our booklet, published in February 2021, which provides more information on the proposals.

The information on our plans can be made available in alternative formats, such as easy read or large print, and may be available in alternative languages, upon request. For more information, contact futurewhipps.bartshealth@nhs.net

Na Państwa prośbę, informacje te mogą być udostępnione w innych w formatach, takich jak: wydruk większą czcionką lub łatwiejszą do czytania, a także w tłumaczeniu na inne języki. Aby uzyskać więcej informacji, proszę wysłać e-maila na adres: futurewhipps.bartshealth@nhs.net

Bu bilgi, kolay okunurluk veya büyük baskılar gibi alternatif biçimlerde sunulabilir, ve talep üzerine alternatif dillerde sunulabilir. Daha fazla bilgi için kontak, futurewhipps.bartshealth@nhs.net

نئے اسپتال کے اپ ڈیٹ کردہ ڈیزائنز اور وہپس

کراس کا روشن تر مستقبل

Naqshadeynta la cusbooneysiiyey ee loogu talagalay isbitaalka cusub iyo mustaqbal ifaya oo ku soo food leh Whipps Cross.

Correction (March 2021):  We have updated our booklet from February 2021 and amended it so that the information is correct. On page 6, we said that the new car park will be “lower in height than the existing buildings that are to be demolished”, which is incorrect. We apologise for this error. The car park will be seven storeys in height and following feedback from local residents we have moved the car park further away from the residential boundary.

Construction Access Consultation

The four week consultation on the access constraints of the Whipps Cross site closed on 5th April 2021. We presented a number of possible options, in a consultation document , for construction access to build a new car park and hospital at Whipps Cross and asked for feedback to identify a shortlist of viable options (or new options) to include in a planning application to be submitted to London Borough of Waltham Forest in April 2021.

Preparing the ground for a new hospital at Whipps Cross – the demolition of derelict buildings and parking changes

Subject to approvals, it is proposed that the new hospital be built on the disused former nurses’ accommodation site, allowing the existing hospital to remain fully operational during construction of the new one.

We need to safely remove the old, disused buildings on the nurses’ site in order to prepare the ground for the future construction of a new hospital. The demolition contractor, Squibb Group Limited , is carrying out a phased demolition of the buildings, expected to complete by the end of 2021. They will safely remove one building at a time to minimise disruption on the site. As each old building is removed, new temporary car parking will take its place in order to maintain current parking provision during the demolition. The current hospital will remain fully operational during the demolition process and the construction of the new hospital. No hospital services will be affected.

This demolition represents the exciting start of the proposed redevelopment of Whipps Cross which is aiming to bring a new state-of-the-art hospital to Waltham Forest by 2026 followed by a new neighbourhood with new homes, green spaces and local facilities.

Further information can be found here and we have also published a Frequently Asked Questions document about the demolition works.

The story so far

In May 2021 we submitted our planning application to Waltham Forest Council, as the local planning authority. They are undertaking a statutory consultation on the proposals. View the application on Waltham Forest Council's website here by searching for the application reference numbers 211245 and 211244.

Demolition work to safely remove the old, disused buildings on the site of the former nurses’ accommodation began on 12 April 2021. Subject to approvals, it is proposed that a new hospital be built on the disused former nurses’ accommodation site, allowing the existing hospital to remain fully operational during construction of the new one. More information on the start of the demolition work can be found here.

During March and April 2021 we conducted a four week consultation about construction access to build a new hospital and car park at Whipps Cross. We published a consultation document and asked for feedback to identify a shortlist of viable options (or new options) to include in a planning application to be submitted to London Borough of Waltham Forest in April 2021.

Phase 2 of the planning consultation was launched in February 2021 with the publication of a booklet sharing our updated designs following feedback from the local community in phase 1. Three public meetings were held in February and March 2021, to give members of the public an opportunity to find out more about the evolved proposals, ask the project team any questions, and give their feedback.  A summary and recording of the meetings can be found here.

In November 2020 we shared our early designs for the hospital, car park and the emerging proposals for the wider Whipps Cross site in a booklet as part of our phase 1 planning consultation. We also held a series of public meetings, of which the key themes and a recording can be found here.

In October and November 2020 we held three virtual public meetings with our local partners in Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Epping Forest District to discuss the latest designs with the Whipps Cross redevelopment team, to hear people’s views and to answer questions. Please click here  to read a summary of what was discussed, the slides presented and some frequently asked questions  based on themes that came up in the meeting.

Over the past few months our clinicians have considered what impact Covid-19 might have on our plans for a new Whipps Cross Hospital. Their conclusion is that our overall vision for its future health and care services remains valid, but we will need to adapt some of the detail in implementing it. Read more about our plans in ‘Health and care in a new Whipps Cross Hospital’  and the full strategy in the Whipps Cross Health and Care Services Strategy .

In June 2020 we published our Demolition Plan  which has been produced to explain the proposed programming and logistics methodology for the demolition of the buildings on the Nurses’ Site at Whipps Cross Hospital.

In March 2020 we submitted our Strategic Outline Case (SOC) to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) setting out the case for investing in Whipps Cross Hospital. This provided a set of early assumptions about the shape and size of a new hospital.

A summary of the SOC ‘Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross – Moving to the next stage’   has now been published alongside 'Our vision at a glance'  which provides a snapshot of our vision, a timeline and the next steps. We have also published more information on the approach we took to the modelling of activity for the SOC, which can be found here .

In February 2020 we published the results of feedback  to our masterplan options  document, as well as an 'at a glance' summary  and the Trust response

In January 2020 we published our clinical strategy , setting out clinically backed new and improved models of care and service delivery.

In October 2019 we published Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross , sharing some early ideas about the potential site of a new hospital and the services it will provide.

The Government announced  in September 2019 that it will invest in a brand new hospital at Whipps Cross.

Resources

2021

Engagement on updated designs

In February 2021, we shared our updated designs for a new Whipps Cross Hospital and proposals to redevelop the wider site. This follows feedback from the local community in a first phase of consultation on the early designs, at the end of 2020. For more information on the updated proposals and how to give your feedback please read our booklet. We have also produced translations of the booklet in Urdu and Somali

 

2020

Engagement on emerging designs

In November, we shared our early designs for the hospital, car park and the emerging proposals for the wider Whipps Cross site. For more information, please see our booklet which has been produced to provide details of our vision for the site and ask for feedback from staff, patients and the public to help us to update and progress the designs.

 

Enabling works

We have developed a business case for the demolition of the buildings on the site of the former nurses' accommodation  

For more information on this work please see our Demolition Plan which has been produced to explain the proposed programming and logistics methodology for the demolition of the buildings on the Nurses’ Site at Whipps Cross Hospital.

 

'Have Your Say' feedback report

Feedback from the community and staff reveals suport for building a new hospital at Whipps Cross. Around 500 people responded to our survey, with 87% backing the plans for building a new Whipps Cross Hospital. Click the links below for more details:

Summary of the report

Full report

Trust response

 

Health and Care Services Strategy

We have been working together with our partners to rethink the way we deliver care. We developed a Health and Care Services Strategy (3MB), which sets out our vision for the way we plan to deliver care in partnership with other local health and care providers. 

 

Hospital Design Principles

We have worked with staff, clinicians and experts to develop some high level hospital design principles to help guide the creation of the physical spaces which will make up the future hospital. These can be viewed here (1MB).

 

2019

Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross

In October 2019 we published Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross, and the Whipps Cross site masterplan sharing some early ideas about the potential site of a new hospital and the services it will provide.

 

Government announcement

The Government announced in September 2019 that it will invest in a brand new hospital at Whipps Cross.

 

2018

In 2018, we commissioned a study looking at the opportunities and constraints of the site. This study, the  Whipps Cross Masterplan Vision.pdf (19MB),  was funded by One Public Estate, a national programme delivered in partnership by the Local Government Association and the Office of Government Property (OGP) in the Cabinet Office.

 

2017

You can read about our vision in Making Whipps Cross work well into the future which summarises our original, unapproved Strategic Outline Case (2017).

Our story told through our newsletters

We have been keeping our staff and local people up to date with the story of our redevelopment programme over the last few years in periodic newsletters. They are all available here as downloadable documents.

See new images of the proposed hospital released in our May 2021 newsletter, as well as an update on the planning application, demolition works and celebrating the history of Whipps Cross.

The April 2021 newsletter introduces the exciting start of demolition works to safely remove the old, disused buildings on the nurses’ site in order to prepare the ground for the proposed construction of the new hospital.

In our March 2021 issue we share our updated designs for the new Whipps Cross Hospital, which will have the same core services as today, including a fully functional 'blue light' A&E and a maternity department. 

Our January 2021 issue provides an update on the emerging hospital designs, including the importance of staff, patient and public feedback as we develop the plans. The recent operational pressures have reminded us how important a new hospital for Whipps Cross is and what it represents for our staff, for our patients and for our communities.

In our November 2020 issue, we announce the opportunity for you to have you say on our emerging designs for a brand new Whipps Cross Hospital and creation of a new neighbourhood. We also outline our plans for health and care services in the new hospital, provide a summary of our virtual public meetings, and introduce our new design team led by Ryder Architecture.

The September 2020 newsletter announces the endorsement of our Strategic Outline Case and provides an overview on our plans for next steps, how to get involved and an update on the transforming Women's and Neonatal Services. 

In the June 2020 issue, Redevelopment Director Alastair Finney sets out the next stages of the redevelopment programme, we introduce the Green at Barts sustainability group, and outline the plans for beginning 'enabling works' on the Whipps Cross site later this year.

The April 2020 issue provides an update from Group Chief Executive Alwen Williams on how we are continuing to progress the programme during the pandemic, as well as an overview of responses to our engagement work  and design principles for a future building.

Our January 2020 issue (8MB) features our vision for improving health and care services with our local partners, an update on engagement, our latest timeline and more.

In October 2019, we published some early ideas about the about the potential site of a new hospital, the services it will provide, and the scope of the building, in our publication, Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross (2MB).

In our August 2019 (2MB) issue, Ken Aswani of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, explains his vision for how healthcare should be delivered in the future. We introduce some of our Community Engagement Action Group members, and give an update on the work we’ve been doing during 2019 to find out what matters to local people about the redevelopment.

In our May 2019 issue (3MB) , we reported on the visit to the hospital of Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, and Iain Duncan Smith MP, at which the Secretary of State told staff that the need to improve the estate was “evident to anybody walking around it”. We also shared the exciting news that we had been given the green light to develop a more detailed case for redevelopment.

Issue 5 August 2018 (13MB) covered Whipps Cross celebrating the NHS 70th birthday, and included a timeline about the hospital over those 70 years.

A public meeting about the redevelopment in Chingford was covered in the May 2018 edition (3MB), along with insight into the world of the trust archivist.

Back in December 2017 we were celebrating Whipps Cross Hospital’s Centenary. This was marked by a visit to the hospital by the Duchess of York (3MB).

Our 2. October 2017 (8MB) newsletter reported on improved ratings from the Care Quality Commission and on a visit from Waltham Forest Councillors.

Our first newsletter was issued in July 2017 and gave an introduction to what the redevelopment programme is all about (4MB).

Our partners

Barts Health is working on the Whipps Cross redevelopment programme in partnership with:

  •  East London Health and Care Partnership
  •  London Borough of Waltham Forest
  •  North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  •  Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Groups
  •  Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups

These partner organisations have agreed a condordat which affirms how they will work together to deliver their shared vision.

Alwen Williams, Group Chief Executive of Barts Health said, "Whipps Cross is such a valued asset for our community, and the agreement we’ve signed shows that we are all committed to delivering a shared plan to make the best use of the site for generations to come."