Future Whipps

Future Whipps

Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross

The redevelopment of Whipps Cross is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design a new hospital from scratch. It is also a unique chance to be at the forefront of national efforts to transform how healthcare is provided for local people, as set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

Our vision is for a new hospital within a wider health and wellbeing setting, alongside new homes and other community facilities. 

Latest news

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.

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. 

The story so far

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

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.

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

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 June 2020 we published a list of Enabling Works Q&A’s as well as 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.



Enabling works

We have developed a business case for the demoltion of the buildings on the site of the former nurses' accomodation  

For more information on this work please see our Enabling Works Q&A’s or our Demolition Plan which has hich 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).



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.



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.



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.

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."