HS2 Ltd National Temperance Hospital scaffolding works and demolition

HS2 Ltd is carrying out works to erect scaffolding at the former National Temperance Hospital site in October 2016, which will ensure the upcoming demolition of the site is carried out safely.

To reduce the impact of weekend working on residents, the Council negotiated with HS2 Ltd and Transport for London to secure a reduction in proposed weekend working, with additional works during core weekday hours where it is safe to carry them out.

Scaffolding works

The Council granted a licence to HS2 Ltd to erect scaffolding around the boundary of the former National Temperance Hospital site on Cardington Road.

The Council considers each licence application on its merits and safety is the primary concern when considering applications. This weekend work is necessary in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians, including children who walk through Cardington Street on their way to and from school. We have placed conditions on contractors to minimise the disruption to local residents, including requiring temporary traffic lights at the Cardington Street junction and contractor staff to direct pedestrians to the safest route around the scaffolding area.

Works will be carried out across two Fridays and Saturdays on the Cardington Road side of the site:

  • Fridays: 7 and 14 October (8am to 6pm)
  • Saturdays: 8 and 15 October (8am to 6pm)

The works on Fridays will be limited to working behind the hoarding line, with works on the pavement only taking place on Saturdays. There will be no Sunday working on this side.

Transport for London has responsibility for granting permission for works that affect Hampstead Road. It granted HS2 Ltd a licence to carry out works across two Saturdays and Sundays on the Hampstead Road side of the Hospital site:

  • Saturdays: 8 and 15 October (8am to 6pm)
  • Sundays: 9 and 16 October (10am to 5pm)

Additional works will be carried out on the Hampstead Road side during core weekday hours once the essential base of the scaffolding is erected.

If residents experience any disruption due to the works, they should contact HS2 Ltd in the first instance: call 020 7944 4908 or email [email protected]


Demolition of the former National Temperance Hospital is expected to begin at the end of October or early November and HS2 Ltd estimate it will be completed by March 2017.

HS2 Ltd submitted an application for prior approval for the demolition of the former Hospital, which was granted on 12 July. As the site is not listed and not within a conservation area, its demolition is permitted under the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 2015. With these types of application the Council can only assess the proposed method of demolition.

If the site is temporarily not used for construction, HS2 Ltd has committed to work with the Council to take advantage of opportunities to create short-term uses. If HS2 was not to go ahead, the Secretary of State would seek to seek to bring forward a planning application for the site’s redevelopment as soon as reasonably practicable or to sell the land for redevelopment. Any redevelopment would need to comply with the Council’s planning policies, which would look to secure a mix of uses including affordable housing.

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