The developers of the proposed UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation on Brill Place (behind the British Library) on limited hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday put on a display to “consult” local residents.
It was a pity that most people who had previously expressed interest in the project only received the letter informing them of this ON Thursday, and that the developers have failed (at the time of writing) to put any of the images they were displaying at the exhibition on their website.
I did, however, manage to take some pictures of the model on display, which illustrate the massive size of the proposed building.
This is looking at it from the west, which shows how the proposed structure will tower over the flats in Ossulston Street, surely cutting out all of their morning sun:
It also looms over the Purchese Street and Coopers Lane flats, as you can see from this image from the north:
The only open space on the site is on the St Pancras Station side (little that there is), and this is also the “public” part of the site. The “high security” part is in the middle and the “service” parts again facing the flats of Ossulston Street, as the following image shows:
UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation
As expected, there is absolutely no provision for housing on the site, despite the planning guidelines for the site calling for that, and none of the community facilities that the area so desperately needs. (Well there will be public lectures on the site, and we were told “a juice bar”, but neither of these have anything to do with community needs.)
As the BBC has reported, there is strong local resistance to the scheme.
The size perhaps is not surprising given that a rep at the exhibition told me that it was moving from a 70 acre site at Mill Hill (previously I’d heard 33 acre). The developers also own the site of the former Temperance Hospital on Hampstead Road, but strongly indicated that they want to sell that to the highest bidder and would not consider using it to provide community facilities and housing.
There is scheduled to be a Development Control Forum on the development on January 12. (No further details yet available.)
The developers say they plan to put in a planning application next spring.
You can see a map of the site here (it occupies the space bounded by Ossulston St, Brill Place and Midland Road).
(Any media organisations or other blogs that wish to use these images are welcome to do so – but for blogs please provide a link back. Thanks.)
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