University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) approached UCLHC to undertake a sensitive regeneration of the development site, and in 2016 Llewelyn Davies was appointed as lead design consultants and architects to take the project forward.
In July 2017 planning permission was obtained for a mixed-use residential and commercial office scheme.
The current scheme provides 53 residential units in the heart of Fitzrovia, approximately 70% (40) of which will be affordable for social rent and for key workers.
The imposing Grade II listed workhouse is retained as part of the overall Bedford Passage development.
The new buildings are designed to reveal and enhance the historic character of the listed building with buildings varying in height from three to eight storeys.
Private and communal walled gardens for the residents, the office users and the local community are carefully designed and incorporated on the site. The original historic walkway, Bedford Passage, will be reprovided to provide access between Cleveland Street and Charlotte Street and link to Tottenham Mews, for pedestrians and cyclists only. A new public square will be created to the rear of the Workhouse adjacent to the Bedford Passage, which will be fully accessible to the local community.
The development provides circa 36,000 sq. ft commercial space (B1) and a new MRI Imaging Suite (D1) comprising six new MRI machines at basement level.