Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is pleased that last night, Camden Council’s Planning Committee made a resolution to grant planning permission to Oriel (a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity) for a new integrated centre, for advancing eye care, on the St Pancras Hospital site.
This marks another step for C&I’s wider St Pancras Transformation Programme, which will see a major overhaul of mental health care facilities in Camden and Islington. Releasing areas of the St Pancras site for redevelopment will provide the funds we need to upgrade our estate, allowing us to create purpose-built, non-stigmatising environments for inpatient and community mental health care.
This includes a new hospital, opposite our existing Highgate Mental Health Centre, which will enable us to move all inpatient wards from the ageing St Pancras buildings, to Highgate. There are also plans to upgrade a number of other existing facilities and work is progressing to redevelop our site at 1 Lowther Road, Islington, to create our first integrated community mental health centre. C&I will maintain a flagship presence on the St Pancras Hospital site, with plans for a new building for community mental health care to be located there.
Malcolm McFrederick, St Pancras Transformation Programme Director said: “Plans to transform our mental health facilities have really picked up pace this year. The land at our new hospital site in Highgate is being prepared for construction to begin this summer and work is progressing to begin the redevelopment of 1 Lowther Road by the autumn.
“We have also officially appointed the Kings Cross Central Partnership Ltd (KCCLP) to work with us on the scheme. Further public consultation on the redevelopment of the rest of the St Pancras Hospital site will take place at a later stage, when we will share our proposals with local people and invite their views.”