Report reveals NHS trust’s plan to sell Victorian Goodmayes hospital buildings by 2020

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 August 2017

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.


The original Goodmayes Hospital site could be sold to a private investor and developed into housing in order to raise money for the NHS, a report has revealed.

The Victorian building, which was built as an asylum in the late 1800s, is no longer used to house patients but still has some staff offices.

The site, in Barley Lane, which is currently owned by the North East London Foundation Trust, is set to be sold as part of government plans to raise money for the health service.

According to the latest NHS Surplus Land report, the building costs the trust £463,920 in annual running costs but the trust estimates that 249 houses could be built on the site.

It notes that lack of planning permission, a buyer, and the need for investment could hinder the sale of the building.

The former West Ham Borough Corporation started building the asylum in 1899 and admitted the first patients in 1901.

Lewis Angell was chosen as the architect for the grand design.

One of his other works, the Canning Town Public Hall and Library, is Grade II listed.

But Goodmayes Hospital was never given the same protection, meaning the buildings can be demolished, extended or changed without permission.

A Nelft spokesman said any sale would not occur until 2020 at the earliest.

He said: “NELFT has been vacating from the old part of Goodmayes Hospital for a number of years, as the building is not fit for purpose anymore.

“The only areas that we will retain are the inpatient areas, Sunflowers Court and Tantallon House - which will be used as a base for home treatment team staff.

“The old part of the site will therefore be surplus to the trust’s requirements and it is likely that this will be sold off as soon as planning has been received.

“However, this will not be until 2019/20.

“This will also be dependent on the local plan proceeding and this has been subject to the planning inspector - who has held public hearings during the spring and summer of this year.

“The trust will not know the outcome of the inspectors’ conclusions until autumn of this year.”

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories

19 minutes ago

A new Goodmayes leisure centre and sports complex has opened its doors to neighbours for an exclusive look.

Yesterday, 17:00

The Cricklefield club have appointed Alex Goldstone as interim manager after Michael Walther decided to join Basildon United

Yesterday, 21:13

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 35-year-old woman in Newbury Park.

Yesterday, 18:04

An emotional Remembrance service was held in Wanstead as residents gathered at the town’s war memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Yesterday, 16:14

Crowds including local police officers, firemen and local children paid their respects to the fallen on the centenary of the end of the First World War at a special ceremony in Hainault.

Yesterday, 14:30

The O’s head coach discussed Dale Gorman’s performance at AFC Fylde in Charlie Lee’s absence

Yesterday, 13:39

An artist whose previous gigs have been linked to firearm incidents is hoping to perform at an event in Chadwell Heath.

Anderson equaliser ends frustrating afternoon at Huddersfield


Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now