Building near a hospital

If you’re creating a new building then it’s worth considering the effect of sound pollution you could cause both during and after construction – especially near a building like a hospital or a care home. In fact, for many people you have to apply for an acoustic assessment with your planning permission.

Hospitals of the past - West Park Hospital

West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, having been planned since 1906, prior to the opening of neighbouring Long Grove asylum. From 1917 the main hospital was largely complete and utilised by Canadian Military, and subsequently handed back to London county council. The complete hospital was anticipated to hold approximately 2,000 patients of mixed class.

The Horton Light Railway, which was extended to convey materials to the site during development, remained in place for goods traffic and entered the grounds from the north terminating at a building close to the water tower. The railway was later closed and removed around 1960. A large detached residence, Hollywood Lodge, was also previously part of the Horton Estate was later used as part of the hospital.