Royal Free Hospital Key Worker Accommodation

Royal Free Hospital Key Worker Accommodation

Case Study Details

  • Client: Newlon Housing Trust
  • Contract Duration: September 2006 - September 2008
  • Contract Value: £11m
  • Contract Form: JCT Design and Build
  • Contract Location: Hampstead, London NW3 2QH


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United House worked with Newlon Housing Trust, in partnership with Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, to redevelop William Gunn House to provide affordable, modern, self-contained accommodation forhospital staff and other key workers in the borough of Camden. There are 141 units in this 13-storey building located close to the hospital and comprise 53 studio/one person, 78 one bed/two person and 10 two bed/three person units.


United House began working at the Royal Free Hospital when it refurbished Queen Mary’s House in 2006. This involved upgrading 50 apartments and communal areas in the existing accommodation block. Work on Queen Mary’s House was followed by the major demolition project of William Gunn House, which has now been developed into a new building – Coppett’s Wood.

United House designed and constructed the new building. The building process included erecting a 9-storey concrete frame and building external cladding made up of render, timber and brickwork. Coppett’s Wood also features a Green Roof which means that the roof area of the building is covered with vegetation and soil, an environmental initiative with great benefits including retaining heat and attracting birdlife.

How we made a difference

Key Attributes:

  • Interface with NHS and hospital trust
  • Joint venture with a Registered Social Landlord
  • Development of strong relationships with all relevant stakeholders
  • Refurbishment, demolition and construction of key worker accommodation
  • Works in occupation
  • Green Roof installation
  • Sustainable car free development.

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