STRUCTURE: The west London trust said “we envisage having clinical services on each of our main sites” including St Mary’s in Paddington - but would not specify what these services might be.

The Independent reported on Monday that the trust had received quotes from architects to redevelop the Paddington site as flats.

In a statement the trust said: “In December 2010, we started a tender process to appoint architect and engineer firms to look at the development potential of our estate across all of our sites. This was a broad brief that covered possible rebuilding.

“Neither an architect nor an engineer firm was ever appointed as this work has been superseded by the long-term strategy review we are undertaking.”

The statement added: “We envisage having clinical services on each of our main sites.”

The paper reported on Monday: “Six firms of architects, among them the Danish company CF Moller, have been asked to provide a quote for turning St Mary’s into 3,000 flats. Imperial wants to know how much it could raise from the sale of the site before it makes a final decision.”

A copy of the tender for the long-term strategy review, published in June, and obtained by HSJ said the trust had tendered for estates partners.

The document said: “ICHT has tendered for estates partners - architects and engineers - to provide support on the development of its site development plans and the preferred estates partner will be preparing this work for ICHT”.