1996 The hospital became vacant when the National Health Service declared it surplus to requirements. Most of its services transferred to the Royal London Hospital.
2002 Tower Hamlets drew up a development brief.
Its re-development objectives were as follows:
2.1 The Council will seek to encourage a redevelopment of the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital site that:
• is planned and undertaken in an orderly and holistic way that takes advantage of its location
• develops a mix of appropriate uses that compliments those existing uses in the surrounding area
• produces a high quality environment where the design and landscape creates a coherent character for the area
• creates a development that ties the site into the surrounding area
• contributes to achieving a sustainable development
• maintains a sense of local distinctiveness and character • balances the landowners and developers needs and aspirations for commercially attractive forms of development with the wider aspirations of the Council and the community; and
• considers employment opportunities for local people during and after its development.
2006 The site was included in the Surplus Public Sector Land programme.
2008 English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, acquired the
site for £9.4 million. At the end of the year English Partnerships became the Homes and
Communities Agency (HCA).
2010 The Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust said that they no longer required a primary care facility as part of any new development. “The HCA subsequently agreed with Tower
Hamlets that they should seek a residential-only development for the site” (GLA report). This major decision was taken without public involvement and appears to be binding.
March 2012 The HCA, also in private, chose Rydon Construction and Family Mosaic as
preferred developer partners “following a competitive process, based on an assessment of their initial design, financial and commercial proposals against six other competitors” (GLA report). The agreement clearly entailed demolition of the hospital.
April 2012 The HCA was wrapped up and staff transferred to the new Housing and Land
Directorate of the GLA (Greater London Authority).
The land remains in the ownership of the GLA until the development is complete “to ensure the developers fulfil certain conditions” (GLA report). It is not clear what these conditions are.