Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is undertaking an ambitious redevelopment project at their property, Heatherwood Hospital. The objective is to provide a modern, flexible and sustainable new facility that will incorporate many of the existing services as well as providing new ones to local people.
The new facility will also secure employment in the area, as well as reduce the pressure on one of the Trust’s other hospitals in the area.
The Trust is providing this new facility in a unique woodland setting on their land to the south of the existing hospital. The intention is for the sale of surplus land for residential development, currently occupied by the existing hospital, to part fund the new hospital buildings.
The project is phased and on completion of the new hospital the existing hospital site will be redeveloped to provide housing. The surplus area to be disposed of extends to 5.5 hectares (13.7 acres).
The Heatherwood Hospital site is located in Ascot, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Ascot is a small affluent town in East Berkshire, around 4 miles east of Bracknell and 25 miles west of central London.
The site is in close proximity to local amenities including the world famous Ascot racecourse which is opposite Heatherwood and hosts Royal Ascot annually. Ascot High Street is also located nearby and offers a range of shops, restaurants and cafes.
The site is a short walk from Ascot train station which has direct trains to London Waterloo (52 minutes) and trains to London Paddington via Reading (1 hour).
The site was originally known as ‘Heatherfield’ and housed a Victorian country residence and estate. It was reportedly first used as a hospital in 1922, officially opened by the Duke of Connaught in May 1923 and initially used to treat the children of ex-servicemen from the First World War.
The hospital has also been used for external shots for the film ‘Carry on Matron’ (1972), with the main hospital building used as the backdrop for the fictional ‘Finisham Maternity Hospital’.
Part of the property was sold to Thames Valley Housing Association in 2006, located to the south of the main hospital buildings and falls outside of the surplus land to be disposed of. This has been developed for residential accommodation and is known as Brook Avenue.
More recently, the vendors acquired Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals in 2014 when at the time they were Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust before becoming Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The site is bounded to the north by Ascot High Street (A329), Kings Ride (A332) and the London Road/Windsor Road roundabout, whilst a large sloping woodland area lies directly to the south and is currently designated as part of the greenbelt.
A range of 1 to 4 storey hospital buildings are spread around the site. The buildings range in age from the original single storey buildings constructed in the 1920’s to new ward blocks constructed in the 1980’s.
The site sits within The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and benefits from outline planning permission for up to 230 dwellings.
The site forms part of a wider hybrid planning consent (reference number: 16/03115/OUT) comprising full planning permission for the development of a new hospital and associated admin hub, change of use of an existing building to provide a GP practice, change of use of existing woodland to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and outline planning permission for the demolition of the existing hospital and the redevelopment of up to 230 private dwellings.
The objective is to provide a mix of high quality housing types, including terraced and semi-detached dwellings and multi-storey apartment blocks, which meet the local housing need.
The freehold of the property is owned entirely by the Trust and is held with Title Absolute. The Titles affecting the surplus land is BK303127 (the main hospital site) and BK3324 (small section of road in the south west corner of the site).
Following the sale of part of the site to Thames Valley Housing (outside of the disposal boundary) there are a number or rights reserved over that land for the benefit of the Trust.
All interested parties should make their own legal enquiries and searches. A Title summary can be found within the dataroom on the website.
Further information will be available within the dataroom on the website and will be possible to download accordingly.
Viewings of the property are strictly by appointment only on set viewing days. If you require a viewing at the property, please contact Isabelle Garner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben Stephen (email@example.com ).
The property is being marketed for sale by way of an informal tender process. Unconditional offers are sought for the freehold interest, subject to contract.
Any offer must be submitted on a specific bid proforma available from GVA upon request and sent via post/delivered to Barney Hillsdon, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ