Historic day for RNOH as Harrow Council approves development plans
Last night the Trust received the go-ahead on our long-awaited plans for a major redevelopment which will see the Stanmore site transformed to meet the needs of patients in the 21st century.
The decision is the culmination of more than three decades of planning and efforts to modernise the site and create a physical environment that matches the hospital’s status as one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic centres. The application was unanimously granted by Harrow Council at a special meeting of committee members last night.
Rob Hurd, RNOH Chief Executive, said; “This is a great day for the Trust and all our patients and staff. These plans have been talked about for more than thirty years so we are delighted to see them finally get the green light. We are extremely proud of our reputation as a world-class provider of specialist orthopaedic and musculo-skeletal care and wanted to do everything we could to preserve this.
“The decision will mean our vision for providing exemplary healthcare for our patients and our ability to remain as a national and international centre of excellence can now be realised. I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point.”
Harrow Council Portfolio holder for Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Keith Ferry, said: “This hospital is one of the jewels in the crown of our Borough and this redevelopment is the result of years of collaboration between RNOH staff and the Harrow planning service. This will allow it to continue the fantastic work that it does to provide treatment and care for patients in a modern environment.”
Last night’s decision also safeguards the jobs of more than 1300 people who currently work at the site. In addition, the building contracts for the construction work will provide opportunities for local community employment, including a number of apprenticeships. The application was widely supported by patients, staff, local residents, MPs and professional groups.
The plans will create new state of the art facilities that will be fit for modern day clinical practice including:
- New wards, imaging and ancillary clinical services
- New multi-storey car park providing improved access for patients and hospital visitors
- New hospital buildings including ‘home away from home’ accommodation unit for parents and children
- New private patients unit
- New staff accommodation block
- Residential units
The proposals will also enable greater public access to green belt land whilst preserving and enhancing the ecological value of the site. Building work is expected to begin later this year.