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House of Lords written question HL634.

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL634, tabled on 21 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether either NHS Property Services or the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust considered applying for a listing through an application to Historic England in respect of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital before selling the building for commercial development.

Answered on

29 January 2020

NHS Property Services report that it does not own any part of the estate of Kingston Hospital.

The Regent Wing required major capital investment to make it fit for purpose and would not provide appropriate modern healthcare facilities. The Trust has therefore saved substantial costs by disposing of the asset but has also been able to utilise the proceeds for other capital projects across the estate.

Before disposing of the asset, the Trust undertook a full heritage survey of the Regent Wing as part of its pre-application process with the local authority – no comments were made by the local community or local authority. The building was not found to be of significant worth nationally.

In addition, it undertakes regular community engagement sessions led by the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, which has included the Regent Wing disposal. The purchaser of the site is planning to utilise it to develop residential accommodation.