The site falls within Charlotte Street Conservation Area, includes a listed 19th Century Workhouse and is part of the Fitzrovia Area Action Plan. Identified for University College London Hospital (UCLH) as providing 30 units for affordable social rented housing in support of previously delivered clinical projects on the UCLH campus. Having failed to arrive at a satisfactory planning strategy with LB Camden Council after 10 years of standing empty, University College London Hospital (UCLH) approached UCLH Charity to review the approach and assume control of the project. Given its record in delivering successful residential schemes for the estate, Llewelyn Davies were subsequently appointed by UCLHC as lead consultants and architects to drive the project forward.Within 12 months a scheme was developed and consulted with many parties that provided 50 residential units, 5,000sqm of B1 office floor space with 70% affordable. 40% of the existing buildings have been retained, new public space and private communal gardens created within the heart of Fitrovia. Planning permission was granted within 16 months from start to finish.
Llewelyn Davies’ track record in delivering profitable, residential and mixed-use schemes on behalf of UCLHC has now led to a series of successful projects, including Arthur Stanley House (a 1970’s mixed use refurbishment), listed terrace properties on Huntley Street (providing apartments) and Duchess House (private residential units), all of which have enabled the Charity to deliver substantial returns back into the Foundation Trust.