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Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment

As part of the Trust's ongoing programme to modernise buildings and deliver more community services we have been progressing plans for the Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites.

Richmond Borough update

The Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites were underused and their condition and design made them unsuitable for modern mental health services.

Due to the listed status of the Richmond Royal site and the age of the buildings on both sites, it was not possible to create an environment to suitably meet modern mental health care standards for our patients and deliver a good working environment for our staff. The Trust has been progressing disposal and re-development plans for the sites.

All surplus funds raised from any sales will be redirected into our frontline services across the five boroughs we serve. In addition, some of the funds raised will also be invested into the building of our two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Springfield and Tolworth. 

Richmond Royal

In December 2015, the Richmond Royal site was declared surplus in order to raise the funds needed to support our wider Estates Modernisation Programme. As a result the site was placed on the market in January 2017 and sold in March 2018. We will be retaining a presence at Richmond Royal and intend to continue to provide high quality services from the site. Services and staff levels within the borough of Richmond will not be reduced as a result of the estates work.

In order to ensure building work on the new 500m2 healthcare facility at Richmond Royal does not disrupt the delivery of care, some services were temporarily relocated to Barnes Hospital, with others relocated to the Maddison Clinic in Teddington.

Barnes

Inpatient services have not been provided at Barnes Hospital since 2013. The site is underused and its condition and design make it unsuitable for developing modern mental health inpatient care. The Trust will be retaining part of the site and this will be used to continue to deliver the existing mental health services at Barnes Hospital.

Following an initial stage of marketing to inform our options for the site during 2017, the Trust began working to develop a vision for the site. Public consultations for a new planning application were held in November and December 2017. The events were well attended and following feedback from the public, the plans have been revised and the Trust held a further two public exhibitions in September 2018. The Trust had its outline planning permission approved at committee in 2019.

Alongside the planning application, the Trust were progressing its plans for disposing part of the site in order to provide funding for the Estate Modernisation Programme. In March 2019 the Trust sold half of the Barnes Hospital site to a residential developer. 

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email estatemodernisation@swlstg.nhs.uk