Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital Spitalfields London
The regeneration of the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital site has delivered 188 new homes, community facilities, retail units and basement car parking.
Working in close collaboration with award-winning architect HTA Design LLP, Ridge was appointed to transform the former hospital site into an attractive and sustainable community.
The original building, constructed in 1868, had been derelict since 1996. The original building had a listed façade, which had to be fully incorporated into the new development. The project massing ranged from 3-storey townhouses through to 9-storey frames constructed over a full-envelope basement.
The historic nature of the site presented several challenges to the Ridge civil and structural engineering teams; a paramount requisite was the retention of the Grade II listed façade. To overcome this, Ridge developed a unique method of façade retention, combining the permanent steel framed structure with the temporary retention requirements.
The works were completed entirely from within the site boundary, mitigating any requirement to obtain costly road closures to the adjoining Hackney Road, a major arterial road serving East London.
To enable the design and construction of the large basement adjoining Goldsmiths Row, Ridge oversaw and directed the extensive investigative works, which were necessary due to complex underlying soils and the presence of a large-diameter Victorian storm-relief sewer, which bisected the site at a depth of 10m.
A paramount requisite was the retention of the Grade II listed façade