Exemplar “hell bent” on removing history of Middlesex Hospital
Exemplar the property developer which is creating the huge new building complex in Fitzrovia has been condemned by an international community of health workers and patients for trying to erase the name Middlesex from the site of the former hospital.
The site which will be completed later this year was to be called Fitzroy Place, then when that name was over-ruled by authorities, the name Pearson Square was chosen.
Now the only remaining part of the original hospital — The Middlesex Hospital Chapel — is to be re-branded in Exemplar’s own corporate image.
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UCLH unveils new plans for workhouse and Odeon sites
Plans for redevelopment of two large sites in Fitzrovia have drawn criticism from campaigners.
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) in a flurry of activity over the autumn have announced outline proposals for the former Strand Union Workhouse site in Cleveland Street and the former Odeon cinema site on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Grafton Way.
UCLH will this winter submit plans to Camden Council to build a mix of private and social housing on the former workhouse site which is currently occupied by property guardians and used as welfare offices for a nearby construction site. The proposals include demolishing all the non-listed parts of the site.
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UCLH tries to wriggle out of agreement to provide affordable housing at workhouse
Camden Council refuse permission to amend 106 agreement for affordable housing and £1 penalty clause
Camden Council has refused an application by UCLH NHS Foundation Trust to modify a section 106 agreement to provide affordable housing on the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse and Middlesex Hospital Annex on Cleveland Street. UCLH had applied under section 106BA of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act to remove its obligation to provide around 44 socially-rented homes and to remove the penalty clause that enables the council to acquire the site for £1 if the obligations are not met.
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June and July will feature festivals, fairs, exhibitions, and tours
The streets of Fitzrovia will this summer be alive with several festivals and celebrations of life and work in Fitzrovia.
Friends will gather at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre for the last time at 6pm Wednesday 12 June to say goodbye to the premises which was opened in 1975.
There will then be a series of events to commemorate 40 years since the first Fitzrovia Festival. The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association is organising the Festival at its new premises in Goodge Place over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June and during the evenings of 25 and 26 June. There will be a photographic exhibition, a book stall, guided walks and a cycle ride.
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Hospital charity criticised over staff homes sell-off
UCLH Charity has been criticised for the cavalier way it sold off doctors and nurses homes to a property developer who is now evicting dozens of hospital staff and causing misery for those who remain.
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35 Hospital workers ‘treated like criminals’
Fitzrovia News, 4 December 2012
Terrified Hospital workers have told of receiving eviction notices a month before Christmas.
The University London Hospital Charity has sold the housing of the 35 local workers (in three blocks in Cleveland Street and one in New Cavendish Street) to off-shore landlords, Pendragon Properties Limited.
“Two men knocked on my door, one with a security uniform with ‘dog handler’ on it,” a resident of over ten years’ occupancy told Fitzrovia News.
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