Green homes project for hospital site

PUBLISHED: 16:10 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 August 2010

A GREEN deal has been struck to build 645 homes on a former hospital site.

A GREEN deal has been struck to build 645 homes on a former hospital site.

Urban development company First Base were chosen to develop the former Greenwich District Hospital site, in Woolwich Road, Greenwich, on September 1.

The £250 million project is intended to use green building techniques such as producing power on-site by using biomass and thermal storage.

Elliot Lipton, managing director of First Base, said: "The approval of plans for this major London development signals the start of a new wave of green building in the capital.

"As a business we actively look for ways to push the boundaries in delivering highly sustainable and well designed homes."

The site has been dormant since the hospital was bought from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust in 2004, and demolished in 2005.

When completed, the development will provide 50 per cent affordable homes as well as a community centre with medical and community facilities.

It is also earmarked to replace the swimming pools and gym facilities currently located at the Arches Leisure Centre in Trafalgar Road, which is expected to be converted into flats.

The homes provided will consist of one to three-bedroom flats, maisonettes and four-bedroom houses, designed by Make Architects, Arup and Lovejoy.

The scheme has been overseen by English Partnerships (EP), the national regeneration agency, which is also responsible for the Greenwich Peninsula development.

The project was criticised by the Audit Commission in July after it emerged taxpayers could lose up to £60 million because EP allowed some construction to fall behind schedule.

Philip Dibsdale, area director for EP, said the scheme would help key workers to get onto the housing ladder in Greenwich.

A construction timetable is yet to be set.

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