Springfield Village - frequently asked questions
What is Springfield Village?
Springfield Village is a new mixed-used community in development at the Trust’s Springfield site. It will combine healthcare and residential neighbourhoods in a parkland setting including the delivery of two new mental health facilities.
It is being delivered through the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP) alongside our delivery partners, STEP, a 50/50 partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd and Kajima Partnership. The residential elements are being delivered by City & Country (heritage conversion) and Barratt London (new homes).
What is being delivered as part of the investment?
As part of a multimillion pound investment the Trust’s Integrated Programme will deliver:
- A new ‘Springfield Village’ providing:
- New and up to date healthcare buildings at Springfield University Hospital
- A 32-acre public park in Tooting – providing excellent outdoor space for our community
- Shops and a café – amenities for everyone to use
- Brand new homes – providing hundreds of homes for families
- Land for a new school – investing in our children’s future
- Investment in local transport facilities – boosting transport links for residents
Expanded community healthcare – treating people closer to their families and their home
Where has the money come from for this redevelopment?
The redevelopment is mainly funded through the sale of surplus land no longer required for our services.
Is there a need to redevelop Springfield University Hospital?
The programme represents major innovation and investment in our local communities. Most of our existing inpatient facilities were not designed with today’s needs in mind and we still care for some service users in buildings which are more than 150 years old.
Set to open during 2022, the new facilities will provide high quality inpatient services that are designed to deliver the modern mental health care; giving people the best chance to recover in the best environment, and supporting our staff to deliver the outstanding care our service users deserve from us.
The development of these modern mental health facilities is crucial in ensuring people with mental health issues are treated the same as those people with physical health issues.
What are the latest developments on-site?
The development of our new forensic and non-forensic buildings has progressed at pace following final sign off on the Full Business Case in September 2019. You can keep up with the latest developments on-site here.
Delivery remains on track for late 2022 despite the impact of the pandemic. Following a temporary pause to works of eight days in March 2020, construction work recommenced on 1 April 2020, in line with latest government COVID guidance. STEP carried out thorough health and safety checks and made all adjustments necessary to reopen the site.
We are continually monitoring Government COVID guidance and are working to ensure construction can continue safely.
What will the new facilities look like?
Our two new healthcare buildings at Springfield will house a total of eight wards, four wards each.
These buildings form a ‘mental health corridor’ with the two new buildings and a current modern building, Storey, which was built in 2008, all adjacent to one another. This will allow clinicians to move between the different buildings much more easily than on our current site.
What are the timelines for completion?
New-build housing delivered by Barratt London commenced in January 2021 and work on the residential conversion of our listed buildings commenced in October 2020 following approval of detailed planning for its first phase in July 2020.
There will be further future house building and some associated infrastructure, but dates are not confirmed as yet.
Our new mental health facilities are expected to be finished by October 2022.
The first and largest part of the park, south of the Burntwood Lane entrance, is expected to be open by Summer 2023 whilst the second part of the park, north of the Burntwood Lane entrance, is due to be open by Spring 2024.
You can access the development’s site map here.
How have service users and staff been involved in this work?
Many service users and staff have been involved in contributing towards designs and outline plans for the new hospitals.
Since 2012 over 400 meetings, seminars and workshops with our service users and their carers, nurses, doctors and other clinical experts, as well as consultations with the local community. This engagement has directly guided the design and layout of the new hospital buildings.
Engagement will continue so that our new facilities are built in conjunction with the people who are using them.
What will the benefits be for the community overall?
Springfield Village will provide outstanding new environments for staff and patients which support individual patient needs, allowing staff to work in a way that is productive and supportive to recovery.
Our new facilities will embrace cutting-edge technologies, providing modern and up-to-date mental health services for our patients.
The development will deliver a fantastic new outdoor space in the shape of a 32-acre public park, as well as funding for improved transport links. The new buildings will be of the highest quality, with better safety and security for service users. There will also be a significant amount of new housing on the site, over 800 residential dwellings, including affordable housing.
Building a centre of excellence for impatient mental health care at Springfield University Hospital will help attract the best healthcare staff available as they will be working in the highest quality surroundings and within a first-class environment.
How are construction works impacting the hospital and its services?
One of the guiding principles for the Estate Modernisation Programme is to ensure that the Trust’s services are able to continue with minimal disruption.
The only ward that has been affected to date is Ellis Ward which vacated the old Victorian main building and relocated to a newly refurbished ward at Tolworth Hospital in Kingston.
Regular programme communications are shared with staff and patient networks including any permanent or temporary site changes, and we work closely with our development partners to minimise any disruption wherever possible.
What is being done about the loss of trees caused by excavations?
To minimise the ecological impact of excavations we have worked closely with both the Council and the local Tree Conservation Officer, and removed trees on the site are deemed to be of low or moderate value.
Their loss will be mitigated through the planting of around 700 carefully selected trees across the new Springfield Park and throughout the development.
How are construction works impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods?
We want to be a good neighbour and are working hard together with STEP and Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) to keep disruption to a minimum.
We understand that construction work can generate levels of noise, dust and vibrations. These risks and impacts are being carefully monitored and managed by the project team as a priority and SRM have implemented control measures in line with Wandsworth Council guidance for construction and demolition projects.
SRM are also ensuring compliance with London’s ‘Low Emission Zone’ for Non-Road Mobile Machinery air quality initiative, which requires onsite compliance with specific emission levels to reduce pollution and help improve London’s overall air quality.
Measures are in place to support 24/7 monitoring of noise, dust and vibration across the project, with programmed warnings in place to notify construction staff immediately of any elevated levels. Four monitoring stations are in place across the site with each using a live telemetry system with programmed staged alerts allowing immediate response by SRM should any elevated air quality, noise or vibration levels be measured.
In addition, any out of hours work is approved by the council and advertised to local residents via the website and email distribution.
SRM are also members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), a scheme that Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. This includes elements of health and safety, environment and community. The site is audited independently twice a year. Please refer to the CCS website for more details - www.ccscheme.org.uk.
You can also directly contact the Trust with any concerns or queries by emailing us.