• Sale of 90 acres of land to raise most of £160m needed to build two mental health hospitals in south west London
  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust already has outline planning permission for 839 homes and an extra 25,000sq metres of new hospital
  • The new hospitals will be built at trust sites in Springfield in Tooting and Tolworth in Kingston, with construction expected to begin in 2017

CAPITAL PROJECTS: The sale of nearly 100 acres of NHS land to build more than 800 homes will fund the construction of two new mental health hospitals in south London, under plans which took a step forward today.

Tolworth

Tolworth

South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust plans to sell off 90 acres of land at its Springfield and Tolworth sites to raise the majority of the £160m needed to build the two new facilities.

Trust leaders said the land sale forms part of its estate modernisation programme which includes the construction and improvement of hubs to provide community services across the region.

The trust already has outline planning permission to build 839 homes on its land, including 168 affordable homes, and to expand the hospital space by 25,000sq metres.

The trust today announced it had selected six development partners to draw up plans for the scheme. The plans will be assessed by the trust which will reduce the list to three with the aim of selecting one by July next year.

Trust chief executive David Bradley told HSJ land receipts will secure the majority of the cash needed for the two new hospitals – which will be built at the Tolworth site in Kingston and Springfield site in Tooting.

He said that once the 90 acres of land is sold the trust will have no more large land assets to sell off, so it was vital hospitals were state of the art and built to last.

Mr Bradley: “We have a once in a lifetime chance with this. We will get some of the best facilities in the country.

“This is our whole estate strategy. We don’t have any more, this is it for the next 50 years. It’s absolutely right that people with mental health problems should have good facilities.

“The majority of the funding is coming receipts, the other part is from the reserves generated over the last few years.”

The new Springfield Hospital will provide adult services wards, a psychiatric intensive care unit, the trust’s eating disorder service, low and medium secure services, a rehabilitation and step-down service and act as a base for the community teams.

Tolworth Hospital will also act as a community services base as well as provide four adult services wards, adult deaf services, OCD and body dysmorphia services and two older adult acute wards.

It will also provide a specialist “CAMHS campus” which Mark Potter, deputy medical director, said will bring together three tiers of the children and adolescent mental health services.

He added: “This is very exciting, we think we are the only provider which has a CAMHS campus which brings together three types of CAMHS facility, overnight parent rooms, care facilities and a school. Potentially we could have a CAMHS PICU service on the site.”

Although the two new hospitals takes the number of beds at the trust down from 360 to 335, Mr Bradley said this was in line with the trust’s local plans as well as the sustainability and transformation plans for the region.