Residents invited to review plans for redevelopment of Ravenscourt Park Hospital

Image above: The Royal Masonic Hospital in Ravenscourt Park

Hundreds of new homes, a care home and community space proposed

Developer Telereal Trillium has extended an invitation to local residents to review the final plans for the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Ravenscourt Park Hospital, situated on the west side of the park.

An exhibition showcasing the updated plans will be hosted at the hospital, formerly known as the Royal Masonic, on Tuesday, 10 October, running from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. For those unable to attend the event, the plans will be made available on the project website starting from 11 October.

Images above: An aerial view of the site; Savills

The iconic red brick building, built in 1933, was renamed Ravenscourt Park Hospital in 2002 but ceased operations four years later. In 2015, plans were formulated for its transformation into the London International Hospital, designed to cater to overseas patients requiring surgical procedures, but the project encountered financial difficulties and left unresolved debts.

Telereal Trillium’s proposal envisions the redevelopment of the Grade II listed structure and its surrounding grounds, leading to the creation of six separate blocks which will accommodate hundreds of new homes, a care home, and a space for community purposes.

  • Block A, serving as the primary entrance to the old hospital, complete with a substantial hall and room, is designated to become a hub for cultural and community activities open to public access, but the developer acknowledges the challenge of identifying a suitable occupant capable of maintaining an income to support upkeep.
  • Blocks B-D, comprising the remainder of the existing building, will undergo conversion and expansion to accommodate approximately 150 new homes.
  • Block E is a newly proposed building that will provide affordable homes, with the specific size and tenure to be determined through discussions with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
  • Block F represents another new building that will house a care home, offering around 60 care beds.

Images above: Outline proposals for the Ravenscourt Park site; Telereal Trillium

Hammersmith Society says current proposals are “unacceptable”

Telereal Trillium emphasises that the project will involve a sensitive approach to restoration and conservation, respecting the building’s heritage while enhancing the landscape and integrating new publicly accessible pedestrian routes throughout the site.

However, earlier proposals presented in May this year received sharp criticism from local residents’ associations and The Hammersmith Society. They expressed concerns that the development, as initially proposed, could potentially harm the very buildings it aimed to improve.

The Hammersmith Society, in particular, raised objections to proposed roof-level extensions on the original hospital, stating:

“Restoring the Ravenscourt Hospital buildings and bringing the campus, particularly Block A, into community use is a long-overdue realisation of a wonderful asset, and we wholly support this project intent.

“However, the current proposals are unacceptable, and would destroy the wonder of this building. The scheme design is heading in the wrong direction, and an alternative approach has to be found to realize this project.”

Following the exhibition on Tuesday, Hammersmith residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the final plans until 24th October. Subsequently, Telereal Trillium will submit a formal planning application to Hammersmith & Fulham Council.