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Royal Free

Newlon Housing Trust has been working with the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, London Borough of Camden and developers, United House, to build brand new accommodation and refurbish two existing blocks of housing for the hospital’s staff.

The work at Royal Free Hospital started with the refurbishment of Queen Mary’s House, which was completed in 2006. This involved upgrading 50 apartments and communal areas in this accommodation block, sited to the north of the Hospital’s main campus. This was followed by the major demolition project of William Gunn House, which has been developed into a brand new building for hospital staff called Coppetts Wood House. Below is some information about the developments that we have at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.

Coppetts Wood House

HRH The Duke of York speaks with residents at Coppetts Wood House

HRH The Duke of York speaks with residents at Coppetts Wood House

Coppetts Wood House consists of 141 units including 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, as well as studio flats for single occupancy. The 10 floors of the building help to provide double the amount of accommodation that was available at William Gunn House, helping to keep the staff from the hospital in the community that they work.Most of the residents of Coppetts Wood House have been moved from Anne Bryans house, a large tower block that was built in 1967 to provide housing for the hospital’s staff. Due to its disrepair we have now started renovating this building so that we can provide even better affordable housing to the staff.

On Monday 20th October, 2008, HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust officially opened Coppetts Wood House. On his visit to the development HRH The Duke of York was impressed by the accommodation available to the staff at the hospital, who are an important part of any community. He said, “I am delighted to support this development as Patron of the Royal Free Hospital. I know it will provide much-needed affordable accommodation to dozens of staff at the Royal Free, and that’s crucial if we are to continue to attract high quality employees to London.

As well as providing new and affordable housing to Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust staff we also want to help the environment at this development. To ensure we achieve this we installed a Green Roof at Coppetts Wood House. This means that the roof area of the building is covered with vegetation and soil which helps to retain heat and attract birdlife.

Registration details for Coppetts Wood House:

If you are working for Royal Free Hospital Trust and wish to register your interest in Coppetts Wood House please use the following details:

Existing residents of Queen Marys Residence/Hornsey Street need to contact the Newlon Hampstead Office on 0207 794 3726 or Royal Free Internal ext 33282.

New applicants working at Royal Free Hospital need to contact Royal Free Hampstead NHST Accommodation Services Department on 0207 830 2921 or Internal ext 34716, 33490 or 35390. Alternatively, new applicants can e-mail sue.hathaway@royalfree.nhs.uk or kathy.ford@royalfree.nhs.uk.

Anne Bryans House

Anne Bryan’s House is our newest scheme at the hospital site. This is an exisiting building that has gone into disrepair. In partnership with United House we are refurbishing the 1960s concrete clad tower to provide housing for more than 180 hospital employees. The building is due to be completed in 2011 after complete refurbishment and internal reconfiguration of the existing flats.

To ensure that no one was left without decent accommodation throughout the programme, the residents of Anne Bryans House have been decanted to Coppetts Wood House whilst the works are completed.

Queen Mary’s House

This was our first development at the hospital. This refurbishment provides around 50 units for Key Workers and was completed in the Autumn of 2006.