Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive, Professor Tim Orchard, said: “I’m really proud that our staff continue to push the boundaries of clinical practice, adding to our long legacy of high quality care, research and education. Our buildings, however, have not kept pace and are really showing their age, with many well over 70 years old. We are spending around £20 million on maintenance every year, just to stand still. We’ve had an independent estimate that St Mary’s has only seven to ten years before a major estates failure requires permanent closure of significant capacity. Our patients and staff deserve so much better.
“We have to make the most of the once-in-a-generation opportunity, created by Paddington area regeneration combined with Government investment in NHS infrastructure, to produce a hospital for the future at St Mary’s. One that has impact locally, nationally and internationally, setting new benchmarks for innovation, user experience and community benefit. Initial architectural plans commissioned by the developer from Foster + Partners are both exciting and practical. The agreement will allow us now to work with our staff, patients and other stakeholders to develop a shared aspiration for the new hospital and to ensure it can be delivered.
“The St Mary’s development would unlock opportunities for transformation at our other sites that are smaller scale but just as much needed. This holistic approach to our estate means we can ensure it really supports the changes in care and support required by our local population across central and west London, as well as by patients further afield who can also benefit from our specialist services, research and innovation. St Mary’s will continue to be one of four major trauma centres for London as well as to provide a wide range of acute and specialist diagnostics, consultation, treatment and surgery.”